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Second Candidate Enters City Council Race

Kim Stone wants to be the voice for environmental issues on the Highland Park City Council.

A second candidate has thrown her hat into the race for Highland Park City Council.

Kim Stone announced Monday her plan to file to run for Highland Park City Council. The Highland Park native

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Stone 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. Stone hopes to replace Steve Mandel as the voice for environmental concerns,

"We need somebody who can really speak to environmental issues and make sure they're taken into consideration at the city level," Stone told Patch on Monday.

Citing instances where efficiencies can be pursued to make the city more environmentally-friendly, Stone referenced the process she went through to get a green roof approved for her home.

"[The city staff doesn't] have a process by which to approve a green roof," Stone said. "I don't think anyone else would have gone through what I went through."

Stone has spent years working with the transportation commission to come up with a recommendation for the city council that would result in more consideration given to pedestrians and cyclers during street construction projects.

"When the city does changes or construction on the road they need to take the needs of all the users into account," Stone said. "Currently they just take into consideration the needs of the cars."

Mandel support's Stone's candidacy and 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."

A graduate from Middlebury College with a B.A. in Art History and a minor in physics, Stone earned a Master of Public Policy and Master of Science degrees at University of Michigan.

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Jack Straw May 16, 2012 at 02:30 PM
I have never meet Kim Stone, so I will not comment on her as a person; I just am a little worried that she would be a Mandel 2.0. The last thing we need now is someone pushing more costly unproven green tech on the city. In the past few years Highland Park made purchasing decisions based on political thinking not on long term financial thinking. In the economic real world we need pragmatic thinking not green tech that’s better known for waste and failure than for innovation and success.
Kim Stone May 17, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Joe, Thanks for giving me the opportunity to tell you more about my financial experience. I managed a non profit organization for over a decade, which is like running a small business. My experience with non profit finances has taught me how to cut budgets by increasing efficiency, sharing services with other organizations and agencies, and prioritizing what we do. I would bring the same skills and perspective to the City Council. In every budget decision that I make, both personally and professionally, I consider both the costs and benefits. Environmentally sound decision making is often economically sound as well. For example, recent improvements in energy efficiency saved HP Schools over $450,000 in energy costs from December 2010 to January 2012 while reducing carbon dioxide emissions. (http://highlandpark.patch.com/blog_posts/north-shore-school-district-112-continues-to-reduce-energy-consumption) I hope I have addressed your concerns, and look forward to meeting you. Kim Stone

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