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Fender announces candidacy in Grafton Township

HUNTLEY – Village Trustee Pam Fender has joined the growing number of candidates vying for the supervisor position in Grafton Township.

Fender on Tuesday announced her candidacy for the supervisor seat, with the general election still seven months away. She now will compete against incumbent Linda Moore and Algonquin lawyer Martin Waitzman.

"As the Grafton Township supervisor, I will peaceably engage other government entities to work together in positive ways to address township issues for a higher level of living for our residents," Fender said in a candidacy letter. "My goal is to improve existing programs and provide new community service."

Fender is serving her second term as a village trustee, after first being elected to the board in 2005. She also has a visible presence in Huntley, developing the reputation as a community organizer.

She has organized the Huntley Fall Fest, served on the Huntley Historical Society, and oversaw the landscape overhaul to the Green Trees Apartment complex.

Fender also briefly served as township administrator in 2010, after the township trustees censured Moore for allegedly using taxpayer money without board approval. The administrator position effectively took duties away from Moore,

At the time of Fender's hiring, trustees argued that the move was meant to streamline township operations. Moore has always contended that the move was about her successful efforts to block the construction of a multimillion-dollar township hall.

Last week, both Moore and Waitzman announced their intention to run for the supervisor post.

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