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Antioch’s Hanson challenged for mayor in April 9 election

Village Antioch Mayor Lawrence Hanson. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

Village of Antioch Mayor Lawrence Hanson. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 20, 2013 2:04AM

Mary Gaborek, a 10-year resident of Antioch, is challenging incumbent Mayor Lawrence Hanson as he seeks a second term in the April 9, 2013, election. Both candidates filed at Village Hall on Dec. 17.

Gaborek, 49, has raised three daughters with husband Mike, while volunteering with Antioch School District 34, Lake County Regional Office of Education Advisory Board and St. Peter’s Church.

She attended the College of Lake County, studying business and political science. She says she has used her college experience to examine and remain informed on Antioch’s local government.

Specific village-oriented involvement includes organizing a grassroots campaign in support of the Antioch Marketplace, a proposed 600,000-square-foot regional shopping center development that was approved, but not built because of the downturn in the economy.

“Now that the economy is improving I want to create a friendly business environment and promote Antioch on the residents’ behalf,” said Gaborek, adding she is a new face with a new focus in village government. “I want to take a more informed approach. There have been serious issues before the board recently and I don’t feel trustees have been sufficiently educated about them and they have delayed decision-making and voting because of that,” she said. “I want to make sure the Village Board is properly educated enough to know what they are voting on ahead of time, especially with what they have been dealing with lately, including street closures, liquor licenses and Antioch Rescue Squad.”

Hanson, 53, is seeking a second term as mayor. A village trustee for 14 years before he was elected to his first term as mayor in 2009, Hanson says he wants to continue a course of fiscal responsibility he started four years ago.

“I started my term during some of the worst fiscal times we have ever seen and we had to make some sacrifices that proved to be a success,” he noted

The life-long Antioch resident is manager of BJs Fashions for Men, a downtown business where he has worked since 1976. He said his biggest accomplishment since starting his first term is making necessary budget cuts, reducing staffing by 30 percent and subsequently taking the village from the red and into the black financially.

“I did everything I said I would do four years ago and proved this board to be fiscally responsible, bringing us back to a balanced budget exactly as promised,” Hanson said. “It took everybody’s effort and I can’t give enough credit to our staff and our Village Board. I feel lucky to have brought village officials together to accomplish a lot, with our decisions always based on what we believe is right for this community.”

Other candidates who filed include incumbent Trustee James Jozwiak and newcomer trustee candidate Jerry Johnson.

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