Mayor will stay clear of appointment controversy
Updated: January 9, 2013 1:03PM
HIGHLAND PARK — Steven Mandel’s election Tuesday to the Lake County Board of Commissioners will leave a four-month vacancy on the Highland Park City Council before the April 9 election.
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering said she plans to consult with the council before moving on an appointment.
“I can tell you it will not be any of the people who are currently seeking a council seat,” she said. “So the position will be filled, if it is filled, by somebody who is not running in April.”
Candidates running for the council in April must file nominating petitions between Nov. 19 and Nov. 26. If more than 12 candidates file for the three open seats, a primary election will be held Feb. 26.
Two Highland Park residents, Alyssa Knobel and Kim Stone, announced plans to run earlier this year, as did Daniel Kaufman, who was appointed to Rotering’s council seat after she was elected mayor.
Knobel, who managed Rotering’s 2011 campaign, is chair of the Business and Economic Development Commission, among other civic involvements. Stone, who serves on the city’s transportation commission, has said she would like to fill Mandel’s role as environmental advocate. The other incumbent up for reelection is Jim Kirsch.
Mandel won his 11th District county board seat with 70 percent of the vote.