LP ballot includes candidates, tax proposals

By JAMES MITCHELL
Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — The general election will seat at least two new members on the city council and determine tax rates through two ballot proposals.

Tuesday’s balloting features contests for the offices of mayor, clerk, and the six, two-year city council positions. Incumbents Tracy Bush and Suzanne Moreno did not pull petitions to seek re-election, and Treasurer Patricia Lulko is running unopposed.

In the race for mayor, incumbent Patricia Diaz Krause looks to retain her seat against challenger Thomas Karnes, who retired last year as police chief after more than 20 years with the department. Krause was first elected in 2011 and has long served as a volunteer in the community.

Incumbent Clerk Donna Breeding looks to retain the seat she’s held since 1993 against challenger Richard Kudrak.

The six city council seats are up for re-election, and four of the current council are seeking another term in office: Mario DiSanto, Joseph Kaiser, Mary Kandes and Thomas Murphy. Six challengers seeking a spot are James Chapman, Chris Dardzinski, Deborah Henderson, Larry Kelsey, Thomas Parkinson and Elliott Zelenak.

Tuesday’s ballot also includes a pair of tax proposals — a bond request for road repairs and renewal of a police and fire millage.

Voters will also be asked to approve a 2.6-mill, 10-year bond request not to exceed $20 for street projects. Last year’s general election ballot included a similar question — a $30 million bond — that was rejected by voters. If approved Tuesday, the proposed bond would impose a 2.6-mill levy beginning in 2014.

Also on the ballot will be a request to continue a 3.45-mill levy for police and fire services for three years, extending through 2017. If approved the renewal would generate approximately $1.8 million in 2014.

(James Mitchell can be reached at jmitchell@bewickpublications.com.)