Grafton Township Election Race Packed with Candidates

Seven Grafton Township residents are running for the four trustee seats; four candidates are vying for the supervisor post.


Oh, Grafton Township.

Years of contention, lawsuits and disputes between township officials have apparently drawn the attention of residents wanting to step up and serve.

Unlike many other local races - which don't have enough candidates - the Grafton Township ballot is packed for the Feb. 26 Primary and the April 9 Consolidated Election.

Here are the candidates:

Township Supervisor

  • Linda Moore, of Huntley, Incumbent
  • of Huntley
  • Marty Waitzman, of Algonquin
  • Jim Kearns, of Huntley

Moore, Fender and Waitzman will be the first to battle for the Grafton Supervisor position in the Feb. 26 Republican Primary Election. The winner will face Kearns in the April 9th Consolidated Election, said Harriet Ford, Grafton Township Clerk.

Road Commissioner

  • Tom Poznanski, of Lake in the Hills
  • Rick Dvorak, of Crystal Lake
  • Tim Hoeft

Poznanski and Dvorak will face each other in the Republican Primary. The winner will then proceed to run against Hoeft on April 9, Ford said.


Ottley and Zielinski will face each other in the Republican Primary on Feb. 26. The winner will face Jensen in the April 9th election.

Trustee - 4 positions

  • Betty Zirk, of Huntley, Incumbent
  • Carol Williams, of Lakewood
  • Robert Wagner, of Crystal Lake
  • Marci Gordon, of Huntley
  • Dan Ziller, Jr.
  • Tammy Lueth
  • Joseph Holtorf, of Sun City, Huntley

Zirk, the only township trustee seeking re-election, Williams and Wagner are each running for the four trustee positions in the Republican Primary. With an obvious win there, the three will advance to face Gordon, Ziller, Lueth and Holthorf in the April 9th election.

Township Clerk

No candidates are running

The elected Township board will appoint an applicant to the position after the elections.

Ford was appointed as clerk more than three years ago and has decided not run again.

Early voting starts Feb. 11, and voters do not have to be registered as Republicans to vote in the Feb. 26 Primary Election, she said.

Grafton Township serves 45,427 people in a 36-square-mile region. The township serves residents living in parts of Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, Crystal Lake and Lakewood.

John Bailey February 12, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Just wanted to show my support for Rich Dvorak - who's running for Road Commissioner. I've know Rich for years - he's a stand up guy who will do his best for the people. He owns his own successful business - his business acumen and ability to get things done will benefit all of us in this elected office. I fully support Rich and his expected successful contributions to the town! John Bailey
jbboand February 12, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Richard Dvorak that sounds familiar any relation to the former Grafton Highway commissioner Edward Dvorak
Callie February 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM
Rich Dvorak is the man for the job. He is successful, honest, hard working and trustworthy. He will not let the community down!!
Suzie Eichhorn February 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM
I have known Rich Dvorak all my life and with his background of construction, being a business owner for many years and his ability to solve problems, he gets along well with others so I feel he is the best man for the job!
bob dogg March 01, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Yeah Suzie, that and the fact that he's your brother! Glad he LOST!!!!


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