Lake Bluff residents Barkhausen, Hart to face off in November
Updated: March 29, 2012 3:39PM
A crowded field of candidates for Lake County Board District 13 has been narrowed to two after Republican David Barkhausen and Democrat Sandy Hart won their primary races on Tuesday night.
Barkhausen, Shields Township clerk and a former Illinois state legislator for 16 years, squeaked out a victory over Lake Bluff attorney Rick Lesser. Will all 22 precincts counted along with early voting and voting by mail, Barkhausen received 52.3 percent, or 1,387 votes, to 47.7 percent -- or 1,265 -- for Lesser in unofficial results.
Barkhausen watched the results at Warren Township Republican headquarters in Gurnee.
“I’m pleased with the results and the positive issues-oriented campaign I ran,” said Barkhausen. “I couldn’t have run a close race without the help of many people throughout this diverse district.”
Both Barkhausen and Lesser served as trustees on the Lake Bluff Village Board from 2003-2011.
Hart, 44, a resident of Lake Bluff and member of the Lake Bluff Park Board, easily won a three-way race for the seat over Anthony Soler of Waukegan and Robert Glueckert of Grayslake. With all 22 precincts reporting along with early voting and voting by mail totals, Hart received 74 percent or 796 votes compared to 19.7 percent or 212 votes for Soler and 6.5 percent or 70 votes for Glueckert.
Hart said she was gratified by the support she received from the voters.
“The best part of the campaign was going door to door and meeting great people who are concerned and interested in our local government,” she said. “I’m excited about the next stage in the process. I’m looking forward to continuing to connect with Lake County residents and hearing more about what’s on people’s minds.”
Barkhausen and Hart will now square off in the Nov. 6 general election.
The new District 13 covers Lake Bluff and parts of Gurnee, North Chicago, Waukegan, Wildwood, Gages Lake, Grayslake and unincorporated Lake County.
Republican incumbent Susan Gravenhorst of Lake Bluff did not seek re-election in the new County Board District.