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David Moore: Candidate Profile

Grafton Township Board (4-year Terms)

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City: Huntley

Website: Candidate did not respond.

Office sought: Grafton Township Board (4-year Terms)

Age: 5o

Family: Linda (married 27 years) with two children, Andrew and Abigail

Occupation: Caregiver and small business owner

Education: Illinois State University, Bachelor's Degree

Civic involvement:

McHenry County Young Farmers, McHenry County Barn Preservation Association, Huntley Jaycees

Elected offices held: None.

Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain:

I was charged with misdemeanor two years ago for allegedly shoving Trustee Gerry McMahon while defending my wife. He is not a nice man. I believe the court will find me innocent. Trustee McMahon is not running for re-election.

Candidate's Key Issues

Key Issue 1

The township needs civility and respect on the board.

Key Issue 2

Legal fees need to be significantly reduced. A balanced budget needs to be adopted and adhered to. All departments need to use a time clock for the employees for improved accountability.

Key Issue 3

I agree with my wife on this issue…..We need to ask officials and township employees to chip in for part of their healthcare coverage. Most private sector employees pay for a portion of their premium in a paycheck deduction. This is not currently the practice in Grafton Township. Health insurance is one of the largest township expenses. Grafton Township should be run more like a business.

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. Finalize all outstanding items regarding the failed township hall construction.

2. Trim wasteful spending.

3. Complete timely audits and budgets.

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

This government is needed because townships are the closest form of local government to the people. Townships fill the gap between city and county government.

What should be the primary responsibility of township government?

Township government should offer cost efficient services. By statute, the three primary purposes of townships are property assessment, road maintenance, and public assistance.

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

1. Finalize all outstanding items regarding the failed township hall construction.

2. Trim wasteful spending.

3. Complete timely audits and budgets.

What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?

My education and experience as a business owner will be critical when moving the township forward. I have attended most of the township meetings for the last four years and I am well informed on the issues.

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