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Lake Forest Ald. Karras won’t seek a second term, citing family, desire to travel and ‘new business venture’ – Chicago Tribune

Pioneer Press

Sep 25, 2021 7:12 AM

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Lake Forest Alderman Jennifer Karras announced that she will not seek reelection next summer, and the local nominating caucus has begun the search for a candidate to replace her.

Karras, who is in her first term on the City Council, revealed her decision in a letter to members of the city’s marketing committee, which she chairs, citing a mixture of personal and professional reasons.

“In addition to wanting the flexibility to travel to visit our children, my photography business is growing and I’m planning to dedicate more time to a new business venture,” Karras wrote.

Karras, who was elected in 2020 to represent the 2nd Ward, said she would finish out her term, which runs through next year.

Mayor George Pandaleon praised Karras’s efforts as one of the city’s eight aldermen.

“Jennifer has made significant contributions during her brief time on the Council, especially regarding the excellent work she has done leading the City’s marketing initiatives,” Pandaleon wrote in a text to Pioneer Press. “While I am disappointed that she has made this decision, she will leave a lasting legacy to the City of Lake Forest.”

The Lake Forest Caucus has already started the interviewing and vetting process, seeking a candidate to run in the June 2022 election, according to caucus President Kim Pfahl.

“Our goal is to present our candidates at our November 2 annual meeting at the Gorton Community Center,” Pfahl told Pioneer Press.

Usually, candidates endorsed by the Lake Forest Caucus don’t face independent challengers in the municipal elections.

Karras is one of two aldermen representing the 1st Ward, an area in the northeast section of the city.

The terms of current aldermen Ted Notz, 2nd Ward, Jim Preschlack, 3rd Ward, and Eileen Webber, 4th Ward, also expire next year. Pfahl said they have all indicated they would be seeking re-election.

Daniel I. Dorfman is a freelancer.


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