Timothy S. Powell and Jeff Werfel, Republican candidates for the District 6 seat on the Lake County Board this primary, each offer experience in local government.
Powell, of Hainesville, brings his 30-year experience at Lake County Sheriff's Office and Werfel, of Grayslake, has served on the Grayslake village board for 11 years.
Lake County Board District 6 includes Grayslake, Hainesville, Round Lake Park and Round Lake Beach. Werfel ran for the seat in 2012 and lost to former Grayslake mayor Pat Carey. Carey, a Democrat, is not running for re-election.
John Wylie, Democrat, is running uncontested.
Each Republican candidate shared his views with Lake County Suburban Life.
Timothy S PowellBackground: Retired. Held many positions at Lake County Sheriff's Office over a 30 year career. Served as senior trustee and chairman pro-term during two terms on Avon Township Board from 2001-2009. Served as commissioner for Grayslake Community Park District and trustee for Avon-Freemont Drainage District board.Why he's running: "The Sheriff's Office prohibits elective activities. I'm community-oriented and like to stay involved. I wanted to serve more and step up to the next level of government and take on more responsibilities. "Issues: Transparency in government, fiscal responsibility, economic development and job creationWhat he'd do if elected: Offer a law enforcement perspective, promote Lake County tourism, encourage cooperation among board members, represent taxpayers. Meet with mayors to ensure action on Route 53/120 bypass. Interested in the board's Law an Judicial Committee and Transportation committee.
Jeff WerfelBackground: Marketing consultant. Serves as Grayslake village board trustee since 2003. Serves as alternate director for Central Lake County Joint Action Water Agency. Served on Conserve Lake County board from 2003-2013. Member of Grayslake Chamber of Commerce and Grayslake Historical Society.Why he's running: "I'm running to take the success Grayslake has had at the village level to the next level. We've been able to manage fiscal affairs well, and deliver a high level of service while being extremely cost-efficient. I want to take those best practices to the county level."Issues: Economic development, improving roads and traffic congestion, preserving natural beauty of Lake County, expanding jobs and business.What he'd do if elected: Promote sharing services and group-purchasing between municipalities for cost-effectiveness. Take part in chairman Aaron Lawlor's initiative for a cost-effective and cooperative county. Take best practices of Grayslake and apply them. Interested in Public Works committee to address District 6's roads and infrastructure needs.