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posted: 3/3/2012 7:00 AM

Vote Petzel for Congress

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Fourteen is the age when pop cultures commands the attention of most teenagers, but the Petzel family of Carpentersville produced a son who observed the world differently. Geoff Petzel assumed civic responsibility and began to serve his community early in life. As a high school student he attended 52 consecutive township meetings, urging the trustees to purchase 50 acres of farmland for a public park rather than convert it into more high-density housing ... and it happened.

At the same time he served as president of the Citizens Advocate Team, a community advocacy group, which initiated a lawsuit to prevent the condemnation of an old couple's home, that was in the path of a new highway. They lost the case, but the couple is still living in their only residence for more than 50 years.

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In addition to his small real estate business, Geoff Petzel is the executive director of the not-for-profit Friends of the Fox River. In this capacity he has led efforts to stop greedy corporations and inadequate local governments from dumping pollution and raw sewage into the Fox River and its tributaries; thus protecting the drinking water of Elgin, Bartlett, Sleepy Hollow and Aurora.

This demonstrates Geoff is already a public servant who knows how to get things done, that his heart's in the right place and that environmental stewardship is in his DNA.

On Tuesday, March 20, please choose a Democratic primary ballot and vote for Geoff Petzel in the 6th Congressional District.

Ralph Gross

Elgin

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