Twelve people pulled papers to run for City Council in Lake Forest – an all-time record. Eight are running, also an all-time record. At face value, this indicates that people have never been more disappointed in what their Council is doing. The last time 7 people ran for office, no incumbent was re-elected.
Previously we profiled 5 candidates – Scott Voigts, Kathy McCullough, Dave Bass, Andrew Hamilton and Tom Cagley. Today I want to profile Liz Miller and Mike Healey. They did not submit candidate statements, and neither one were known to me prior to the onset of election season. As far as I can tell neither has a website yet, but I did sit down with both of them to find out why they were running and what some of their issues were.
Both Miller (pictured above) and Healey (pictured below) are middle aged adults with families. Healey is a CPA and Controller for a local software company and Miller is a full time Legal Assistant and a part time Personal Trainer/Fitness Instructor. Neither one has been active in politics in any formal manner, although both claim to be interested in politics, as can be witnessed by their commitment to run for office.
At the very local level, Miller was active in her HOA elections and Healey is active in the Neighborhood Watch committee in his condo association.
For both Miller and Healey, the scandals about corruption, the problem of traffic that just seems to get worse, and the prospects of uncontrolled growth are some of the key issues which bring them out of the shadows. They see a need for change, and when it looked like no one was going to challenge the incumbents, both stepped forward to voice their displeasure.
Healey and Miller face an uphill battle. Without name recognition and without a big bankroll, defeating 3 incumbents and several better known candidates is a formidable enterprise. Yet you can’t help but cheer for the underdog and hope that even if unsuccessful, they will stay involved in local government.
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