HEBRON – Four candidates are looking to unseat Hebron Village President John Jacobson in the April 4 consolidated election.
Jacobson, who is seeking a second term, is up against Trustees Mark Shepherd and Mark Mogan, former Village President Frank Beatty and Kimberly Martinez. Jacobson was first elected in 2013 after defeating Beatty, who held the position for 16 years, with 61 percent of the vote.
Jacobson currently faces pending drug possession and firearms charges after his arrest in March after an alleged night of smoking crack cocaine and drinking. The case is ongoing, and he will next appear in court Wednesday.
Jacobson, who declined to comment on his legal proceedings, said one of the things he is most proud of is bringing the Dollar General to Hebron.
“It’s an awesome, awesome thing for our town,” Jacobson said.
He also said he has not used alcohol in 10 months and is regularly attending church.
Beatty, a police officer, said he chose to run for the position again in hopes of bringing respect back to the village.
“We’re one of the last small towns in McHenry County that needs to be growing,” Beatty said. “All of the other communities are pretty much full, and we have a lot of room for annexation.”
Beatty said the village also needs to bring the water rates down, an issue he said began when he was in office.
In 2005, Hebron officials agreed to build a new $4.5 million wastewater treatment plant instead of spending $2 million to update the 20-year-old facility, a decision that was supposed to allow the village to grow. The housing bust in 2008 shifted the burden to existing residents and drove up water bills.
Beatty said at the time that he believed building the new treatment plant was the right decision. Now that the water rates have almost doubled, he believes something needs to change. He said lowering the water rates could stimulate residential, industrial and commercial growth.
In addition to lowering the water rates, Beatty said that if elected, he would look into cleaning up the downtown area and reinstating a bus service.
“People have to make a decision: If they want to continue down the road with John Jacobson that’s fine. Let’s see what the voters decide,” he said.
Mogan, 49, a Hebron trustee and Lake in the Hills police sergeant who has been with the department for about 23 years, is also running to unseat Jacobson. Mogan was arrested last month by Lake Geneva police on the charge of injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle after he allegedly struck 29-year-old Samantha Norris, of Lake Geneva.
Norris died days later at Froedert Hospital in Wauwatosa.
Mogan was released from Walworth County Jail custody after posting $5,000 bond. He is expected to appear in court Jan. 18 in Wisconsin.
Mogan was unavailable for comment after several attempts.
Kimberly Martinez, a real estate agent and Hebron resident for the last six years, said her experience in business and real estate, as well as her involvement in the community makes her a qualified candidate to hold the position.
If elected, Martinez said she would like to see more retail business, housing, light industry and better marketing for the village so they are able to draw a bigger tax base and new neighbors.
“It’s a beautiful community and most people who live here just want to be a part of that,” Martinez said.
Shepherd was unavailable for comment after several attempts.