Updated: February 12, 2013 2:35PM
Former Lake Villa Mayor Joyce Frayer has withdrawn as a candidate for mayor, but will remain on the April 9 ballot as a candidate for village trustee.
She filed her dual candidacies last month, intending to withdraw in January depending on the final lineup of candidates. She decided to jump back into village politics to ensure no incumbent would go unchallenged.
Mayor Frank 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.
He is being challenged by newcomer Mona Mustafa, 49, a Lake Villa resident since 2004.
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.
“This way they all have to campaign. The mayor has a candidate running against him and the three trustees would have walked right in without a challenge, so now there are four candidates running for three seats,” said Frayer, explaining her choice to remain on the ballot as a trustee candidate.
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.