LAKEMOOR – After being kicked off the ballot in her re-election bid, Lakemoor Trustee Kimberly Beach has decided to run for village president.
Beach is the only person from Lakemoor to file a notice of intent to run as a write-in candidate before the Feb. 7 deadline.
“I never wanted to stop working for the village,” she said. “Let the people decide if I should step aside.”
Originally intending to run for another term as village trustee, Beach was one of six candidates to file nominating petitions in December.
But the Lakemoor Electoral Board ruled Feb. 2 that she did not have enough signatures and could not appear on the April ballot.
A second candidate for Lakemoor Village Board, Joseph Enright, also was kicked of the ballot Thursday. Enright cannot pursue a write-in candidacy because the deadline has passed.
Both Beach and Enright were one signature shy of the minimum allowed, according to the Electoral Board’s notices of findings. Candidates were required to file petitions with the signatures of at least 50 people who are Lakemoor residents and registered voters.
Both objections were filed by Trustee Colin McIntyre.
The decision leaves four candidates, including McIntyre, for the three open trustee seats.
Beach joins incumbent Todd Weihofen and Tina Asmus in the race for village president.
Beach’s top priority will be the economy and bringing jobs to Lakemoor, she said, adding that her focus would be on mom and pop stores and chains.
“That has to stay the focus,” Beach said. “Families want convenience. I want convenience. I have to drive to Fox Lake or McHenry to get anything.”
She also would work to bring in new ideas, adding that she was disappointed about the decision about Enright’s candidacy.
“He would have been a new guy coming on with new ideas, fresh ideas,” she said. “It would have been an asset for the village.”
Beach, a resident of Lakemoor for about 15 years, has been on the Village Board since 2005.