City Council Candidate Statement: Kathy Zechmeister

Each City Council candidate's statement will appear on the November ballot.

Editor's note: Patch is publishing one candidate statement each day this week from the seven candidates running for Lake Forest City Council. Order of publication is determined by the order in which candidate names will appear on the ballot. This is the statement voters will see on the ballot in November.

Lake Forest City Council Candidate: Kathy Zechmeister

I am running for Lake Forest City Council to bring a fresh new perspective to local leadership. 

As an active member of this community, I participated in the growth of Lake Forest starting with its 1990 Cityhood Campaign, the El Toro redevelopment workshops and local park renovations. As a Lake Forest family business owner, I am a strong supporter of local businesses.  

I have over 20 years experience with a leading property management company working with boards of directors, cities, and contractors.  I provided leadership in transitioning of community parks from the county to the city and am committed to managed growth, future community development and transportation projects in our city.     

I have 15 years of volunteer service with my homeowner’s association in various positions working collaboratively with the board providing entry monument enhancements and overall landscape beautification for our neighborhood, and currently volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis Club.   

During the past 16 years I raised 5 puppies for Guide Dogs of America, and support the creation of a Lake Forest dog park.   

I am excited to work for this great city and its residents, and would be honored to receive your vote. Thank you.  


Tomorrow: City Council candidate Jim Gardner



Lionel M. September 09, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Mrs. Zechmeister I understand that you and Planning Commissioner Terry Anderson are “running together” and that you are getting lots of help from existing Council member Peter Herzog. I posted here to Dwight Robinson that I was worried about his close association with Scott Voigts, and you and Mr. Anderson appear to be the other side of the aisle. In other words I am worried that you and Anderson will join Herzog in a voting block, much like he enjoyed for 20 years when Richard Dixon was on the council. This concerns me because I didn’t like the voting block that existed here and I’d rather see 5 independent council members rather than 2 voting blocks. Can you comment? I’m also worried that you don’t seem to have any relevant issues. On your website you say you “support our police and emergency personnel” Really? Is there someone running who opposes the police? You say you want to “reduce traffic congestion”. Really? Does someone want to increase traffic congestion? You say you support business. Does someone oppose business? I don’t mean to be snarky, but these seem more like campaign slogans and platitudes and not really positions on anything substantive.
Helen Wilson September 23, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Kathy Zechmeister has broad community support because she is a very professional and independent thinker. There are two seats open. From the field of candidates, it is apparent that both Kathy Zechmeister and Terry Anderson are the most qualified to provide leadership to our City at this time. They both have financial and operations experience as well as community leadership and involvement. Kathy will provide a "breath of fresh air" and be a good replacement for the incumbent, Marcia Rudolph, who is seeking a 6th term. Kathy supports term limits so that other qualified residents of the City may serve on Council.
Omolu September 25, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I'm not surprised you are supporting Anderson and Zeichmeister. Mark Tettemer was your hand picked replacement to keep the Dixon-Herzog group in power, a group that originally included you. For 20 years Herzog has stayed in power until Voigts knocked Dixon out in 2010. Now Herzog is desparate to regain power and is promoting his two friends, so that with the 3 of them on board he will once more be in power. We need independent thinkers in Lake Forest, not more of the power politics you started 20 years ago. Anderson may be qualified but Zeichmeister is clearly out of her depths here. In any event, I don't want Lake Forest decisions being made in the living room of Peter Herzog. Nor am I am fan of Voigts who is trying his own power play with Robinson. We share that sentiment. And I agree with you on Marcia Rudolph. After 16 years in power surely it's time for her to go. That leaves 3 other candidates and to my knowledge they are not beholden to anyone.
Lionel M. September 29, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Excuse the personal nature of these quesions, but since you are running for public office I feel we are entitled to ask. Have you ever declared bankruptcy? Has a business you owned or managed ever declared bankruptcy? Have you ever been arrested? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? Are you currently involved in any lawsuit as a defendant or plaintiff? If the answer is "yes" to any of these questions, could you please supply more information.


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