FOX LAKE — Residents in Fox Lake’s Ward 2 have a choice between three candidates for alderperson in Tuesday’s primary election. Incumbent Robert Sam Jenswold faces challengers Andy Bath and Donald A. Klug. The top two vote getters will go on the ballot for the April 2 election.
All three candidates cited the economic impact when the city’s tax incremental finance district ends as one of the biggest challenges Fox Lake will be facing.
Jenswold, a native of Fox Lake, has served as the alderman of Ward 2 for two years. He owns Sam’s Automotive and Sam’s Little Red Wagon. He and his wife have three children and two grandchildren.
Jenswold said he has served on the board of zoning appeals, the historical board, the library board and the redevelopment authority. He’s also served with the Fox Lake Fire Department and as a Boy Scouts leader and belongs to the Fox Lake Chamber of Commerce.
He said he’s running because he feels “a responsibility to give back” to what the community has given him.
Jenswold said he would like to help work to get the budget balanced and help get over this TIF district.
“We’re working on that now,” Jenswold said.
Bath, who has lived in Fox Lake since 1980, said that he served as an alderman for three terms in the 1980s. He’s retired from Fox Lake Correctional and runs a custom meat cutting shop. He and his wife have a son and a daughter.
Bath belongs to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Fox Lake and is retired from the Fox Lake Fire Department.
He said he’s running because of the increased cost of taxes and utilities in Fox Lake and the TIF district ending.
“I want to be a part of making sure things get done without taxes going way up,” Bath said.
Klug, who has lived in Fox Lake since 2001, said he served as an alderman for two years and was re-elected for another term but had to give up his seat when he moved into a different ward. He’s retired from work for the federal government, and owns C&D Property Maintenance. He and his wife have three sons.
Klug belongs to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Fox Lake and attends community events in Fox Lake.
“I go to as many as I can,” Klug said.
He said he is running for office to “help with decision-making and working on the budget” and because he’s had citizens ask him to run again. He said the infrastructure needs updating in Fox Lake.
“I want to see the community grow,” Klug said.