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Article posted: 4/4/2013 5:00 AM

Poynton has worked well with Lake Zurich

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I read with interest, Jim Johnson's "endorsement" published in the Herald. Your readers should be cautious of personal endorsements that are usually based in self-interest.

Mr. Johnson stated "I can't support Poynton. He doesn't have the skill to work well with others." I disagree!

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Mr. Poynton has worked well with a vast majority of Lake Zurich residents, businesses, village staff members, and village trustees. In the past, Mr. Johnson supported a previous LZ village staff that created erroneous budgets, and who refused to follow the directives of the village board.

Furthermore, Mr. Johnson didn't appear to spend the time necessary to do the appropriate due diligence, and supported a village president who stated she "didn't do the numbers." It is easier to go along with the status quo, when you are a part of it. Tom Poynton refuses to be part of the status quo, especially when it's clearly not working.

Johnson further states, Mr. Poynton's "emotional nature gets him in trouble when he speaks first and thinks later." Mr. Poynton is "emotional" and direct, and sometimes this ruffles some feathers. He is "emotional" when he sees politicians put their own self-interests ahead of the citizens' interests, when he hears nothing but excuses instead of accomplishments, when the downtown area sits stagnant, when tax dollars are being wasted, and when he witnesses continued political incompetence. He does not apologize for being "emotional."

Furthermore, in the past, I have seen Jim Johnson, exhibit his "emotions" during village board meetings. It is my hope that all of my Lake Zurich friends and neighbors get emotional too, and vote their emotions on Election Day.

I am certain that Lake Zurich residents are tired of the status quo. Let's give Tom Poynton the opportunity to move the village forward.

Gerald Kmiecik

Lake Zurich

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