Harry Crowcroft: Candidate Profile
Aurora Township Board (4-year Terms)
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Office sought: Aurora Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Married, one daughter
Occupation: Clerk at Dollar Tree, Financial Services Representative with Primerica
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Organizational Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana, 1990
Civic involvement: Member of River Glen Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Life Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars
Elected offices held: Republican Precinct Committeeman, Aurora Ward 1 Precinct 1 -2010 - present
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
Transparency and timely reporting of expenditures
Key Issue 2
Reducing road maintenance expenses
Key Issue 3
Increasing inter-governmental cooperation
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.
See my three most important campaign issues above. 1. We need to allow people to see where their money is going. 2. As with other expenses, we need to be sure that people receive the best value for their tax dollars possible. 3. I have a personal example in Ward 1 Precinct 1, where there are areas where the city and township boundaries are not clear. There have been times where I have called the city to get a dead animal off the road, and have been told that that particular spot belongs to the township, or vice-versa. Whoever gets called, if it is reasonably close, should just collect the carcass, and any possible compensation should be worked out later.
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 serve as a level of government which should be one of the most responsive and accountable to its citizens. While it is important to question what the responsibilities of a township should be, especially in less rural areas, there should be a kind of government which is closer to voters than the county level for those not within a city's boundaries.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Providing services to disadvantaged children and elderly.
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
Cost per road mile of maintenance.
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 am a patriotic American who is very concerned about how government on all levels has grown and usurped power which should belong to individual citizens.
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