Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Fender Announces Grafton Candidacy, "Peace Train" Slate
Fender's theme, via a campaign committee Facebook page, was "Peace" in Grafton Township where Supervisor Linda Moore's been locked in an expensive battle of will and lawyers with the rest of the Township Board for the past three years. Fender, herself, became embroiled in it when trustees created a Township Administrator's position to end-around Moore then hired Fender to fill it. Moore fired her and a McHenry County Circuit Court decision said it should stick.
None of the trustee candidates with whom Fender's allied herself had previously announced they were running. Only Huntley resident Betty Zirk is an incumbent. However, Huntley lawyer Jim Kelly also carries some Grafton baggage. He was the Board's Township Attorney who defended against a lawsuit by Moore and others opposed to a controversial proposed new $3.5 million Grafton Township headquarters. Moore fired him when she first took office.
Fender "Peace Train" trustee candidates Marci Gordon and Jenn Jones are Huntley residents who began attending Grafton Board meetings about two years ago. According to Fender's website, Gordon became "more and more alarmed" at what she saw there and Jones started FOIAing reams of Moore billing records.
Fender's announcement said she'd make Grafton's Senior Bus Service "more user friendly" and indicated she'd shut down Moore's "Supervisor's Food Pantry" in favor of the Grafton Food Pantry.
Algonquin attorney Marty Waitzman and Moore both announced their Supervisor candidacies last week. Current trustees Barb Murphy, Rob LaPorta and Gerry McMahon are not expected to run again.
In the pic: Pam Fender