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IN March 2012 ELECTION


HIGHLAND PARK, IL – December 6, 2011 – Highland Park Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mandel announced today that he is running for Lake County Board in the March 2012 election. Prior to his announcement, Mandel solicited feedback from residents and elected officials. He has received the endorsement of State Senator Susan Garrett (D-29), State Representative Karen May (D-58), Mayor Nancy Rotering (Highland Park), former Highland Park Mayors Dan Pierce and Ray Geraci, the entire Highland Park City Council, Lake County Board Member Michelle Feldman and former Lake County Board Member Carol Spielman.


“I have wanted to serve on the Lake County Board for years and the timing is right to bring my environmental experience, my strong representations of residents’ concerns and my record of building business and community coalitions to a broader arena,” said Mandel. “I am humbled by the strong support and encouragement that I have received.”


Mandel has served the City of Highland Park for 19 years as a City Councilman and was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2010.  He serves as liaison to the Plan Commission, the Park District of Highland Park, and as a Member of the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) Executive Board where he also served as Chairman of the Finance and Legislative Committees.


Mandel attended Southern Illinois University and the George Meany Center for Labor Studies. He was a stage technician for over 30 years and served apprenticeship programs at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Schubert Theater, and the Blackstone Theater prior to  becoming a Master Electrician and Master Sound Technician.  He is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees AFL-CIO, past Board member and Chair of the Highland Park Conservation Society, and a 20+ year member of the Sierra Club.


A life-long resident of Highland Park, Mandel was raised in the community where he and his wife, Linda, raised their two sons.


“I will bring the same vision, determination and accountability to this position that I have shown on the City Council.  The residents of Highland Park have seen my work in preserving open lands, creating environmental initiatives, demonstrating fiscal responsibility and leadership, and partnering with Lake County to bring the North Shore Health Center to a central location to serve our residents,” Mandel stated.  “I look forward to talking with residents in the coming months about how Lake County can serve their needs.”


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