Local Election

Newcomer Kimberly Martinez wins four-way contest in Hebron village president race

HEBRON – Voters dumped a leader twice arrested in connection with smoking crack-cocaine in favor of a political newcomer in the four-way race for village president in Hebron.

Kimberly Martinez, a real estate agent, received 157 votes, or 41.76 percent of the total votes cast in the race, according to unofficial results Tuesday night. She beat out Village Board member Mark Mogan (82 votes), incumbent John Jacobson (77 votes) and former Village President Frank Beatty (60 votes).

“It’s exciting that I have the opportunity to help Hebron move forward,” Martinez said. “I’m looking forward to getting to work.”

Martinez said both Jacobson and Beatty had called to congratulate her on the win.

Jacobson was running for another term after ousting Beatty in the April 2013 election.

Beatty finished dead last Tuesday, even though half of his opponents had legal entanglements in the run-up to Election Day.

Shortly after taking office, Jacobson pleaded guilty in July 2013 to a reduced misdemeanor charge of attempted possession of a controlled substance as part of a plea deal. In March 2016, Jacobson was arrested again on crack-cocaine and firearms charges. Those charges were pending when voters went to the ballot box Tuesday.

For much of the campaign, Mogan, a Lake in the Hills police officer, also had legal troubles. In mid-March, a Wisconsin district attorney decided not to file criminal charges against Mogan in connection with a fatal crash in December after a blood test taken hours after the crash found no evidence of alcohol in Mogan’s system.

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