Lakewood was the write-in sensation two years ago, when Paul Serwatka ran first as a write-in in his race for Village Trustee.
He campaigned against the Tax Increment Financing District and the SportsPlex at the southern intersection of Routes 47 and 176 for which the TIF was primarily created.
This year Serwatka decided to run for Village President and recruited Trustee candidates as his running mates.
Also announcing his candidacy for Village President was Trustee Ken Santowski.
But, then, without explanation, he pulled out of the race, leaving Serwatka with a straight shot at victory.
Now, the McHenry County Clerk’s Office reports that Santowski has filed as a write-in candidate for Village President.
Write-in candidacies very rarely succeed.
I can remember three instances where the write-in candidate defeated a person on the ballot:
- Nunda Township, where write-in candidate John Heisler defeated Mike Walkup for Township Supervisor
- Algonquin Township, where incumbent Assessor Forrest Hare defeated the man who beat him in the GOP Caucus
- Lakewood, where Paul Serwatka won a Trustee seat, beating all of the incumbents on the ballot
Iyad A. Akel has also filed as a write-in for Lakewood Village.
He is also a write-in candidate for Grafton Township Trustee.