A Lake Forest resident announced this week she plans to run for Lake County clerk in the March 2014 primary election.
Carla N. Wyckoff, an assistant Lake County state’s attorney, is seeking the position currently held by Williard Helander. Helander has said she will not seek reelection next year.
Wyckoff, who plans to run in the Republican primary, aims to “continue the standard of professionalism set by the office and use her expertise to meet the challenges stemming from newly enacted changes in the Illinois Election Code,” she said in a press release.
She has worked in the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office for 19 years, including six as a criminal prosecutor and 13 in the civil division, where she’s worked with the clerk’s office. She said she plans to take an extended leave of absence to work on her campaign.
Wyckoff earned her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago, an MBA from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri.
She is also the vice chairwoman of the Waukegan Independence Center Board and an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest. She is the mother of 27-year-old McKay and 25-year-old Alexander.
Petitions are now being circulated for the Lake County primary election. Filing runs from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2. The primary election is March 18.