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posted: 3/12/2013 5:00 AM

Endorsements: Wagner, Gordon, Ziller, Holtorf for Grafton Township board

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When it comes to Grafton Township, April 9 can't arrive soon enough. There's much room for improvement and four seats open on the board of trustees. Betty Zirk is the only incumbent, and she's joined in the race by Robert Wagner, Carol Williams, David Moore, Marcella Gordon, Tamara Lueth, Dan Ziller Jr. and Joseph Holtorf. The township has been mired in so many lawsuits the last several years that Zirk estimates that if all bills were paid, the ledger would still show a $40,000 deficit. It's time for a complete fresh start. Wagner, an attorney and the former mayor of Crystal Lake, says he's been watching the infighting and the bills pile up and he "just can't walk away." Gordon has had a ringside seat to many of the shenanigans the last four years while attending meetings and admits there are no quick fixes. She disdains the lack of cooperation between the board and the current supervisor, and wants to return to helping people with the township back on track. Ziller, a Huntley farmer, and Holtorf, a Sun City resident, acknowledge "the township is a laughingstock" to many. Ziller said no matter who is elected, the new board and the supervisor have to compromise. Holtorf says the current township government "is like a 30-car NASCAR pileup." It's time to clear the track. Wagner, Gordon, Ziller and Holtorf are endorsed.

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