After loss, Stone calls for cuts, tax relief 'before it's too late'
Supervisor Alyson Miller Feiger topped challenger Louis Stone to hold onto the West Deerfield Township supervisor seat in the April 4 election.
Republican Louis Stone fell more than 1,000 votes short in the race to Feiger. With 23 precincts reporting, Stone had 1,736 votes to total 38.21 percent. Feiger won with 2,807 votes, adding up to 61.79 percent.
Stone told the Lake County Gazette he had a “great experience” running for office in West Deerfield.
“It awakened a piece of me that has been dormant over 20 years,” he said. “While it may be a while before I offer my name on a ballot again, I am grateful for the opportunity represent fiscally conservative voters in Lake County. We have a compelling message and I pray that the people of Illinois hear it before it's too late.”
After the election, Stone still worries about the future of the community and its administration.
“The work the township does provides value to residents, but I hope that they will find ways to collaborate with other government entities and the nonprofit community to eliminate the duplication that is rampant in Illinois," he said. "I will continue to press these issues as a private citizen.”
He urges residents to think about future voting in 2019. Just 16 percent of voters county-wide turned up April 4 to cast a ballot, he said.
“You get the government you don't vote for," he said. "Your home's value and your property tax bills ride on municipal elections."
Following the election Stone has plans to work with Feiger to address food insecurity, including fundraising for a West Deerfield Township Food Pantry. He said the food pantry is an important entity in the township.
“At the outset of the campaign, I established the food pantry as the beneficiary of the residual of my campaign funds and I'm pleased that the excess donations will serve those most in need in our township," he said.
Stone said Feiger's administration should work to cut costs to ease the tax burden imposed on residents.
”The current administration keeps the trains moving on time, as the saying goes," he said. "I believe they could do more to provide relief to taxpayers who are already facing a crushing tax burden imposed by the nearly 7,000 units of local government.”