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Primary in Grafton Twp. to include supervisor, other contests

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  • Marty Waitzman, Linda Moore and Pam Fender, all GOP candidates for Grafton Township supervisor

    Marty Waitzman, Linda Moore and Pam Fender, all GOP candidates for Grafton Township supervisor

  • Marty Waitzman

    Marty Waitzman

  • Linda Moore

    Linda Moore

  • Pam Fender

    Pam Fender


There are plenty of decisions to be made in Grafton Township races in Tuesday's Republican primary election, including who will be at the top of the ticket.

Supervisor Linda Moore is opposed by Pam Fender, a Huntley trustee, and Marty Waitzman, an Algonquin attorney. Only one will survive Tuesday's primary election to run as a Republican in the April 9 general election.

"I feel like I've done a lot of good things in office and I've faced a lot of challenges, but I've worked hard with my campaign to get the message to the voters," Moore said.

Fender and Waitzman have each pledged to end bickering on the board, to stop spending money on legal fees and to restore confidence in the office.

"I really feel like I'm Joan of Arc fighting evil," Fender said.

Waitzman said he felt compelled to run because he knows he can help.

"Things are just so botched up in the township that I feel like I've got to jump in and really help clean it up," Waitzman said.

The winner advances to the April 9 general election to take on James Kearns of Huntley, who works as a pet food distributor and is running as an independent.

Because there are four open trustee seats and three Republican candidates on the ballot, there will not be a primary.

David Moore, Linda Moore's husband, is running as a write-in Republican for a trustee seat, and will need 14 people to write his name on the ballot Tuesday to continue his candidacy.

The primary will also decide who will represent Republicans in the assessor and road commissioner races.

For assessor, incumbent William Ottley Jr. and Alan Zielinski are competing for the Republican nod. The winner will face Terra Jensen on April 9.

For road commissioner, voters will decide whether newcomers Tom Toznanski or Richard Dvorak will represent the party on the April ballot. Tim Hoeft will run against the winner of that contest.

Grafton Township includes portions of Huntley, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Crystal Lake and Lakewood.

The polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. To find your polling place, visit the McHenry County Clerk's website at

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