New leadership to take over in Long Grove
Long Grove Village President Maria Rodriguez is not running for re-election. | Ronnie Wachter~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 4, 2013 6:23AM
LONG GROVE — Long Grove will have a new village president and at least two new trustees in May.
When residents hit the voting booths April 9, current Trustee Angie Underwood will be the only option to replace Maria Rodriguez as village president.
The Village Board race will be contested, however, as four candidates have lined up for three open seats. That contest includes incumbent John Marshall and new candidates Chris Borawski, George Yaeger and Lori Lyman. Trustees Karen Schmitt and Joanne Weber will not seek re-election.
The filing deadline for the spring ballot was 5 p.m. Dec. 26, and no one submitted nominating papers to be Long Grove’s next village clerk as Karen Schultheis is stepping down.
In a community whose historic downtown continues to search for ways to adapt to 21st Century commerce, Underwood said she believes Long Grove is full of opportunities, with elected and business leadership that is ready to make positive things happen.
“It’s not something to be afraid of,” Underwood said of the community’s future.
Rodriguez, who opted against a run for re-election, had been the village president since winning her first of two elections in 2005. She said her decision to not seek another term was simple.
“Angie Underwood has expressed interest, and I’ve been there eight years,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve got some other interests.”
Among the issues Underwood plans to focus on are the community water supply, storefront occupancy and the potential dramatic changes that could follow a northern extension of Route 53.
Underwood said that if the new road is ever built, she would support the current design proposal, which Rodriguez was a part of creating.
“It if comes through, we strongly support them sticking to that standard,” Underwood said.
Underwood won election to the Village Board in April, 2011.
The April 9 election winners will likely take their seats in May, after Lake County ratifies the vote. When Underwood takes over as village president, a resident will be appointed to fill her remaining term on the Village Board.