Lake County District 5 Board Member Judy Martini Steps Down; Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement

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Lake County Banner / Standard

May 17, 2021

Lake County District 5 Board Member Judy Martini Steps Down;
Qualified Candidates Sought for Replacement

Lake County Board Member Judy Martini announced that she is stepping down from her County Board seat effective Friday, May 14, following her election to the position of Grant Township Clerk.

"It has been an honor representing District 5 as County Board Member for the past five years and I wish to thank all my constituents for placing their faith in me," Martini said. "As I am entering a new chapter in my life, this position will give me more time to do the volunteer work that I have been so active in to help residents. I promise to stay involved."

Member Martini served a total of 19 years on the board. She represented County Board District 1 for 14 years from 1994 to 2008, before stepping down because she was moving to Kentucky. When she returned to Lake County several years later, she ran again and was elected to represent District 5.

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart is seeking qualified candidates to fill the District 5 county board seat. 

According to Illinois law, the Lake County Board Chair shall appoint someone to fill the vacancy within 60 days with the advice and consent of the county board. The appointee would serve until the next general election, Nov. 8, 2022.

State law requires that Hart must appoint an individual who is:

  • At least 18 years old and a “legal voter” with a valid voter registration in Lake County. No individual may serve if their right to vote has been permanently revoked or temporarily revoked during the appointed term of office; and
  • A current resident of District 5, which includes areas of Fox Lake, Ingleside, Lakemoor, Volo, and portions of Wauconda, Lake Villa, Round Lake, and Spring Grove; and
  • Of the same political party as the seat’s predecessor, when she was elected. This is determined by an individual’s declared party affiliation at a primary election. Accordingly, the chair is required to appoint a Republican to this vacancy.

An Ad Hoc Chair’s Advisory Committee will be formed to assist in the selection process and seek confirmation of appointees to the committee. 

Residents of District 5 who are interested in serving on the Lake County Board and meet the criteria are encouraged to submit their resume, letter of interest and any other supporting material they wish to include (such as letters of recommendation) via email to, or via U.S. mail to:

Lake County Board Chair Sandy Hart
Lake County Board Office, 10th Floor
18 North County St.
Waukegan, IL 60085

The deadline to apply is Friday, June 25, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.



Alex Carr
Deputy Communications Officer
Phone: 847-377-2550