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Margaret Sanders: Candidate Profile

Rutland Township Supervisor (4-year Term) (Independent)

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  • Margaret Sanders, running for Rutland Township Supervisor (4-year Term)

    Margaret Sanders, running for Rutland Township Supervisor (4-year Term)




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City: Huntley

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Rutland Township Supervisor (4-year Term)

Age: 76

Family: Married to Martin Sanders, four children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Occupation: Presently serving Rutland Township as Supervisor. Part time teacher of mathematics at St. Edward Central Catholic High School.

Education: Bachelor of Science, Olivet Nazarene University, 1975 Master of Education, Olivet Nazarene University, 1979 Educational Leadership Administration and Supervision, National Louis University,1999

Civic involvement: Finance Committee, Sun City Huntley, 2 years

Elected offices held: Secretary, Township Officials of Kane County Treasurer, St. Mary Women's Club

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: NO

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

Keeping taxes at a minimum and to continue to be a good steward of the tax dollars collected from the residents of Rutland Township for the purpose of providing services to the residents of Rutland Township.

Key Issue 2

Importance of keeping Township Government in place. The Township is responsible for keeping the township roads in good repair and free of snow and other debris.

Key Issue 3

Encourage residents of Rutland Township to attend monthly meetings and keep open communication.

Questions & Answers

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.

1. Keeping an economical budget. Our residents do not need to have any additional taxes. 2. Additional ways to help the residents of Rutland Township. The Board could keep residents informed on important issues, such as road repairs, new business, etc. using the website. 3. Transportation for residents. Perhaps we could join with an adjacent township and share the expense of busing for residents, keeping the cost of transportation less costly for two or three townships.

In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?

Township government is the government closest to the people. Residents that live in unincorporated areas need to be represented and have a voice.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

Maintance of township roads, assessing property for tax purposes, and providing General Assistance to the needy.

In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?

Rutland Township already keeps expenses and programs at a minimum.

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 grew up on a farm and understand farming, have 39 years experience teaching mathematics, presently live in Sun City where I served on the Finance Committee for two years, have 11 years of experience managing budgets as the Principal of St. Catherine of Siena School and have four years experince as Rutland Township Supervisor.