.

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. 

Want Highland Park news in your inbox every morning? Subscribe to Patch's newsletter.

"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.

For more news and updates, "like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

MS December 07, 2012 at 08:22 PM
It is not destruction. It is progress. It not as if the home would be torn down with nothing replacing it. It would be replaced by a new home. One that would be constructed with human labor. Tell the workers you don't care about their work. It will generate property tax money. Tell the taxpayers they should shoulder more of the burden and tell the receivers, such as firemen and police that perhaps they should receive less - all so that you, personally have an old home to look at, but not own.
lisa Temkin December 07, 2012 at 08:33 PM
The house is architecturally & historically significant. That's why there was a delay put in the demolition.
PH December 07, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Your opinion is disappointing. Do you believe that this individual needs to destroy this specific location and there is no where else he can accomplish his goals? That the Firemen and builders are really being cheated financially unless he gets his way? Build a house is fine. But there is no need to build it in this specific location. I am not the selfish one because I wish to preserve beauty that preexisted me and my children. And if you had pride in this community you should too. Do you say you are proud to live in Highland Park because there are many rich people living here, or because of the unique beauty and it's history?
Mary T. December 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Personally I am pleased to hear that such a situation is being thoroughly consider. I have always been dismayed at the seeming ease with which buildings get demolished in this and other communities and often to be replace with some fright of a construction which makes ua all shudder. If there is a disabled child involved it would seem a good idea to start from sratch but perhaps somewhere else?
Larry Jones December 08, 2012 at 03:40 AM
Does anyone who's running live West of Skokie Highway?
JK1517 December 08, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Yes! Alyssa Knobel does. Take a look at https://www.facebook.com/SouthwestHP.
Larry Jones December 08, 2012 at 02:16 PM
She has my vote
Larry Jones December 08, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Actually I would like to meet her
JK1517 December 08, 2012 at 04:03 PM
She really is a dynamic and accessible leader, who will be a voice for the whole city. Her website is www.friendsofalyssaknobel.com - If you get in touch with her on her contact form I'm sure she'll get back to you.
Irene Chase December 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I am really pleased that Kim Stone is running. I met her when our kids were classmates in preschool-she is dedicated to making Highland Park a healthier more sustainable commuinity. She is forward-thinking and will be a great addition to the city council.
Larry December 08, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I cannot imagine a better candidate to take one of the available seats than Alyssa! She eats, breathes and sleeps this city. She understands the connection between all city entities from the parks to the schools and sees the big picture. She is organized, talented, compassionate, tenacious and generous of both her time and spirit. Please cast one of your votes for her!
Ravinia Resident December 09, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Does Alyssa send her kids to the HP schools? I want members on my city council to have kids in our public schools.
Shabby Zucker December 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
No she doesn't
Shabby Zucker December 09, 2012 at 03:06 PM
But I hope she will change that when she wins, it would allow people ago are on the fence to vote for her. And I figure you knew that when you asked the question....lets be fair here, there is no need for "plants" on the message board.
Shabby Zucker December 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
That should have said "allow people who"
Shabby Zucker December 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM
That should have said "allow people who"
TouchMe December 09, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I just want to talk on my cell phone, and not have to worry about the police.
Beth Olderman December 09, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Hi Ravinia Resident -- I worked with Alyssa on the District 112 Strategic Plan Curriculum a few years back. Alyssa has an excellent understanding of our schools and was very involved in researching best practices and other curriculum areas we were given to look into on our committee. I know she continues to be committed to staying on top of both Dist. 112 & Dist. 113 issues, just as all of our City Council Members are, whether they have children in the schools or not. We are also fortunate to have elected excellent School Boards who are charged with being responsive to us on school-related issues. I feel very confident that Alyssa would be happy to talk to you about your concerns if you contact her.
Beth Olderman December 09, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Hi Ravinia Resident -- I worked with Alyssa on the District 112 Strategic Plan Curriculum a few years back. Alyssa has an excellent understanding of our schools and was very involved in researching best practices and other curriculum areas we were given to look into on our committee. I know she continues to be committed to staying on top of both Dist. 112 & Dist. 113 issues, just as all of our City Council Members are, whether they have children in the schools or not. We are also fortunate to have elected excellent School Boards who are charged with being responsive to us on school-related issues. I feel very confident that Alyssa would be happy to talk to you about your concerns if you contact her.
HB1130 December 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
I know Alyssa and her family. She was extremely helpful in sending me in the right direction when I needed help finding special services for my own child as she had been down the same road. I appreciate that she puts family first and our city right there with them. Leave her children out of this. Her commitment to our community is apparent in everything she does. I appreciate that she has the support and endorsement of members of 112, 113 and the Park District too. She works well with people, listens and knows how to get things done. Plain and simple. There is no place for nonsense in this election.
Ravinia Resident December 09, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thanks Beth. And HB1130, no "nonsense" intended. I find Alyssa's work in HP to be commendable. According to Beth's response, Alyssa is involved in our schools and understanding the issues involved. I just want to be accurately informed before I vote. No "plant". No "nonsense"
Larry December 09, 2012 at 04:45 PM
There are some elected official who make choices about their children's education that require they looks elsewhere. Let's face it, our one-illustrious schools are no longer competitive and are struggling to education our best and brightest while trying to figure out how to education those in most need without losing children in the shuffle. Alyssa in the candidate who not only understands all of that, but also understands how the city factors into the whole Highland Park equation, schools and parks included. I would submit that before anyone harkens down the road of character assignation based on a parent's very personal very real right of choice for a child's education, that we all understand Alyssa is qualified to run for city council. Were she running for school board, I could understand someone's questioning school choice, but even then, I feel having to go down the road of educating oneself on what is best for a child's education makes that person an even BETTER candidate for any public office, especially school board. But we are discussing city council candidates on this forum. Alyssa is qualified beyond measure. Period, end of story.
Larry December 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
There are some elected official who make choices about their children's education that require they looks elsewhere. Let's face it, our one-illustrious schools are no longer competitive and are struggling to education our best and brightest while trying to figure out how to education those in most need without losing children in the shuffle. Alyssa in the candidate who not only understands all of that, but also understands how the city factors into the whole Highland Park equation, schools and parks included. I would submit that before anyone harkens down the road of character assignation based on a parent's very personal very real right of choice for a child's education, that we all understand Alyssa is qualified to run for city council. Were she running for school board, I could understand someone's questioning school choice, but even then, I feel having to go down the road of educating oneself on what is best for a child's education makes that person an even BETTER candidate for any public office, especially school board. But we are discussing city council candidates on this forum. Alyssa is qualified beyond measure. Period, end of story.
Redhead December 09, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Am I the only one who thinks that a current Mayor and sitting City Council members should not be endorsing candidates, but rather should maintain a posture of neutrality? Our last Mayor sent letters to everyone in the community. I thought it was in bad taste. It doesn't feel right.
Billy December 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Alyssa Knobel is chairman of the Bedc and since then numerous stores have closed up that is not a good record to run on
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

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »