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City: Candidate did not respond
Office sought: Grafton Township Board (4-year Terms)
Age: Candidate did not respond
Family: Married with 3 children
Occupation: Farmer- Dairy, Grain, and Beef
Education: Huntley High School
McHenry County Farm Bureau Vice President; McHenry County Fair Association
Elected offices held: See Civic Involvement
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain:
Key Issue 1
We need to resolve and end the continuous legal fees Grafton Township incurs as a result of the current boards incompetence to work together. I along with my fellow Independent candidates will restore harmony back to Grafton Township without the lawyers.
Key Issue 2
Grafton needs to complete all audits to figure out the actual financial position of the township. The current administration has no idea where they currently stand financially. After completing the audits the new board can structure the budget to restore the financial security back to Grafton. I have the financial budget experience to help do this.
Key Issue 3
During the last 5 years the electors have voted at the annual meeting giving direction to the current board. The board has chosen to ignore some of the directives at a great expense to Grafton Township. I will make sure the Electors voice is heard and acted upon." This is the peoples Township!"
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
We need to restore the integrity, accountability, and transparency back to Grafton Township.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Townships are the grassroots level of government. It is the only level of government that the people are allowed to call special meeting or attend their annual meeting. The people themselves can participate to approve or disapprove the actions of the Township Trustees. Electors can give direction of what they wish the board should act upon. Individuals can actually make a difference!
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
1) To provide General assistance to those in need.
2) Appraise properties within the township.
3) Maintain the roads and Bridges within the township.
These are the 3 requirements the Township must provide by law; although they may provide other services that are not provided by the local municipalities. Grafton Township currently provides a bus service to the seniors and Disabled along with other social programs to the seniors.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
1) Township government was not intended to be a bloated; bureaucratic forms of government where you create jobs for your buddies who helped get you elected. We have enough of this at the State and Federal levels. The Independent candidates along with some key business people, residents, and the voters of Grafton Township at the stopped this from happening at Grafton township by having their voices heard and acted upon at the annual meetings. I will not let Township Government get out of control during my term of office.
We will cut the unneeded legal bills incurred by the current administration due to the infighting. We should not have to cut any services as long as we do this.
2) I feel we can trim the Tax assessor's budget with the election of the Independent Candidate Terra Jensen who can help achieve this with more accurate assessments and accountability.
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
I have a wealth of history in Grafton Township government. I have lived in Grafton my entire life and have been involved in meeting for many years. Until 6 years ago; Grafton Township was highly respected many in the State. Grafton Township has become the embarrassment to all. I want to restore the respect back to Grafton Township. I have held leadership roles on several boards and committees throughout McHenry county including past Chairman of the Grafton Township transportation committee.
I ask that you vote for Dan Ziller Jr, Joe Holtorf, and Tammy Lueth as Independent Trustee candidates along with Jim Kearns-Supervisor, Tim Hoeft- Road Commissioner, and Terra Jensen- Tax Assessor in the April 9, 2013 general election. We will Restore Grafton Township with Integrity, accountability, and transparency that the Electors deserve.