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City Council Candidates Already Campaigning

City Council candidates like Carolyn Cerf and Kim Stone have already kicked off their campaigns. They are running against Dan Kaufman, Alyssa Knobel, Bob Crimo and William Dytrych.

On Nov. 29, the six candidates for Highland Park's City Council filed their petitions and found out where their names would appear on the April ballot.

Three days later, Kim Stone was meeting voters at her campaign kick off event at a Highland Park home. 

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"It went really, really well," Stone said of her event, which drew more than 70 people, including Anne Flanigan Bassi, who has represented Highland Park on the Lake County Board for 10 years. "I was just really proud of the turnout."

Stone is one of six candidates vying for three available seats on the City Council. The other candidates are Carolyn Cerf, Dan Kaufman, Alyssa Knobel, Bob Crimo and William Dytrych.

Cerf, who ran unsuccessfully for city council in the last election, has a kick-off event planned for next Tuesday evening at Norton's.

"I plan to reach out to every voter," Cerf said in a brief conversation on Thursday.

A Highland Park native, Cerf is a member of the Rotary Club, the Highland Park Historical Society and the Community Emergency Response Team.

"This city is my life," Cerf said in a press release announcing her candidacy.

Pete Koukos, a former City Councilman endorsed Cerf's candidacy in a statement.

"She’s got what it takes, and now we’ve got to empower her to do even more," he said.

The other candidates do not appear to be in the same rush to begin campaigning. Knobel, who announced her candidacy earlier this year, said she would wait to plan anything until after the holiday season.

"The election cycle is very long," Knobel said. "I'm not doing anything till after the new year."

The Business & Economic Development Commission (BEDC) chair and 14-year Highland Park resident has already racked up quite a few endorsements. Knobel has been endorsed by Mayor Nancy Rotering as well as City Councilmen Tony Blumberg, David Naftzger, Paul Frank and Steve Mandel.

"Alyssa is a dear friend and she's also somebody who gets involved up to her eyeballs in the community," Rotering said in April. 

Councilmen Blumberg and Mandel were both also at Stone's campaign event last Sunday, according to Stone, who currently serves on the transportation commission, the Parks Advisory Committee of the Park District of Highland Park and the North Shore School District 112 Field Management Committee.

Mandel, who recently was elected to Lake County Board, told Patch earlier this year that he supports Stone's candidacy. A councilman who has been heavily involved in the city's mission for environmental sustainability, he told Patch he is excited that someone is running for the city council that shares his passion for environmental issues.

"I had some concerns about who would take my advocacy role," Mandel said, "but I am convinced [Stone] has the ability to deal with all these other issues as a city council person."

Kaufman, who has been serving as a City Councilman since he was appointed last June, got an early start to his campaigning, when he and a group of supporters walked together during Highland Park's Fourth of July parade. More recently, Kaufman held a "petition party" at his home with more than 30 volunteers. 

Mayor Rotering has voiced her support for his effort to retain his seat as well, in addition to the rest of the current City Council.

"Dan has been a tremendous asset to the Council," Rotering said in a statement. "We value his guidance, commitment and leadership as we continue to move Highland Park forward."

Editor's note: Call to Bob Crimo and William Dytrych were unreturned before publication.

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Adam Margolis December 10, 2012 at 12:21 AM
I'm going to be voting for Carolyn Cerf. She has lived in Highland Park her whole life. She wants to see new businesses come to the city and likes supporting current businesses already in Highland Park.
HP360 December 10, 2012 at 06:31 AM
I’m using my vote to ask Carolyn Cerf to serve us for the next city council term. She values how our many neighborhoods blend together to form a strong and progressive city. Her activities at the grass roots level in many local organizations is evidence that she is not only capable but committed to seeing the city grow as a community for everyone. With this interaction with members of the community and the talent to analyze details to see the big picture she will be a good fit with the current council going forward.
DonaldB847 December 10, 2012 at 02:35 PM
You must not be in real estate or a retailer. Vacancies are a function of the economy and property owners willingness to work with retailers on rent among other things.
LO January 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM
While Alyssa lives west of Skokie she supports opening up the red oak area to through traffic. This includes opening the light at lake cook and Ridge. That is not a position of support for the home owners and children of the red oak community.
Larry Jones January 01, 2013 at 04:43 PM
LO Speak for yourself, I am all for this and I live with a block of where you are talking about. I am definetly voting for her

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