Poynton to Challenge Branding for Lake Zurich Mayor

Tom Poynton announces that he has filed a petition for village president in the April election.



Lake Zurich Village Trustee Tom Poynton was among the first candidates to file for village seats in the April 9, 2013 election. Dec. 17 was the first day to file for village office; the filing period ends Dec. 26.

Poynton will challenge Village President Suzanne Branding.

In a news release Poynton wrote:


Today, I am announcing that I have filed petitions declaring my independent candidacy for office of Village President (Mayor) of the Village of Lake Zurich.

It has become increasingly clear that the village is suffering from a lack of leadership and credibility in Village Hall.

I’ve never considered myself a “politician.” I’ve always considered myself “Joe Resident.” I’ve always wanted what was best for the residents. My only desire is to continue serving the residents of Lake Zurich to the best of my ability—in the most open, accountable, and fiscally-responsible way possible. And that is what I have tried to do as Trustee.

Consequently, I am running for mayor, first and foremost to restore the public’s trust in village government and in the office of mayor.

I see five main goals for Lake Zurich’s Village Board and Staff to work towards in the next few years.

  1. Providing the leadership lacking the past four years.
  2. Increasing the emphasis on developing our downtown and increasing our economic vitality village-wide.
  3. Providing an affordable, balanced budget without significantly reducing Village services.
  4. Creating a government atmosphere that gives residents confidence, increases customer service and is consistent and predictable to both residents and businesses.
  5. Increased public participation in the processes.


As “The Great Communicator,” President Ronald Reagan advised: trust, but verify.” As mayor of Lake Zurich, I pledge that Village government will earn our resident’ trust by making everything it does—completely transparent and readily verifiable.


I am privileged to support a coalition of Independent Candidates who have file petitions for Trustee. They are incumbent Jeff Halen, and newcomers Mark Loewes, Geoff Petzel and Dan Stanovich. They are strong candidates who possess the educations, leadership skills, passion and hard work ethic to move Lake Zurich forward. 


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C W February 06, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Mr. Poynton, Will you be joining with Mayor Bloomberg in his Mayors against guns group?
Disgruntled February 07, 2013 at 09:14 PM
HOW SILLY!! We have such a rampant gun problem here in Lake Zurich!! Let Bloomburg get all of the Super-Sized Diet Coke off the streets of New York before he tackles something meaningful. Suzie Q can join him if she wants. She hasn't done anything useful in Lake Zurich for 4 years.
Lead Follow or Get Out of the Way March 11, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Lake Zurich is not a coalition member, nor does it need to be part of this coalition. http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org/html/members/members.shtml#IL
TomM March 20, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Looking forward to this. LZ needs a major change - hoping Tom is the right choice. Our village has so much potential, but right now it's simply embarrassing. WIll be there asking Tom some questions - hopefully he has the answers


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