Three vie for mayor in Lake Villa
By Diana Kuyper Special to the News-Sun December 20, 2012 5:26PM
Updated: January 22, 2013 6:19AM
Two veteran village officials are seeking the top spot for mayor and are facing a challenge from a newcomer to village politics.
Former Mayor Joyce Frayer has filed to run for both mayor and trustee. She will face incumbent Mayor Frank Loffredo and newcomer Mona Mustafa.
Loffredo, 68, is seeking re-election to his sixth consecutive term. He was a trustee for 12 years prior to being elected to his first term as mayor 20 years ago.
Frayer, 70, served as mayor of Lake Villa for 12 years after she was initially appointed mayor in 1981. She started her political career in Lake Villa as a trustee in 1979, serving until 1993 when she stepped down to run for township office. She was defeated and was appointed as chair for the village’s combined planning and zoning board for two years before her re-election as a village trustee in 1995, serving until 2007. She ran unsuccessfully against Loffredo eight years ago. “Finances of the village are still a priority with me,” said Frayer.
Mustafa, 49, has lived in Lake Villa since 2004. “I do have a lot of ideas. I truly believe if I focus on developing Lake Villa I can provide better value to the citizens.”
She said she is especially interested in developing downtown Lake Villa and wants to provide better communication with the many homeowners’ associations in the village.
Loffredo filed as part of a slate called Lake Villa 1st, that also includes incumbent Village Clerk Alyce Brownlee and incumbent trustees Kathy Battistone, Kevin Kruckeberg and Jim McDonald.
Frayer submitted papers for both positions and intends to withdraw from one of them by Jan. 3.
In Lindenhurst, one slate of candidates, filing as Lindenhurst Tomorrow, submitted their nominating papers. Incumbent trustees Patty Chybowski and Bill Anderson are joined by Village Clerk Dawn Suchy, who is seeking a trustee position. Newcomer Patty Istvanek filed for the position of village clerk, now held by Suchy, who was appointed two years ago.