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Trustee bids to lead Grafton Township

HUNTLEY – The candidates seeking to become the next supervisor of Grafton Township grew to three Tuesday when Huntley Trustee Pam Fender announced her candidacy.

The two-term trustee is pitted against incumbent Supervisor Linda Moore and Algonquin lawyer Martin Waitzman in an election that already has centered on Moore and her beleaguered tenure.

Fender said she has the leadership to change the condition of the township, which is marked by escalating costs from lawsuits between Moore and Grafton’s elected officials.

“People stop me on the street every day and say, ‘When is this going to change and when is this going to get better?’ ” Fender said. “You can’t hide from all the lawsuits. We aren’t supposed to be in the lawsuit business. We are supposed to be in the business of helping people.”

The election is in April. Candidates’ petitions of signatures for the Republican primary in late February are due in November.

Invoking themes such as peace and honesty, Fender said she has the right mindset and experience to lead Grafton and restore the township’s reputation of providing quality services to residents. She said she would expand the Grafton bus service, improve the senior bingo event and consolidate competing Grafton food pantries.

Fender was elected to the Village Board in 2005 and has developed a 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 was township administrator in 2010, after trustees censured Moore for allegedly using taxpayer money without board approval. The administrator position effectively took duties away from Moore.

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

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