Unified Shields Party slates 8 candidates
Updated: April 7, 2013 4:52PM
Eight candidates for Shields Township, including current Supervisor Gale Strenger Wayne and former Highway Commissioner Dan Rogers, have filed to run as the Unified Shields Party in the April election.
Joining Wayne and Rogers, both of Knollwood, on the slate are assessor candidate Patricia “Trish” Lenzini, of Arden Shores; clerk candidate Caroline Harrington, of North Chicago; and trustee candidates Dawn Barnum, of Lake Forest; Richard G. Goshgarian, of Knollwood; Heather Kerr, of Knollwood; and Hollis Steadman, of Lake Bluff.
Strenger Wayne hopes to be elected to another term as supervisor, even though the current Shields board cut the position to part-time pay status.
“I think the taxpayers need to have somebody with experience who’s a champion for small government,” Strenger Wayne said. “I don’t think taxpayers can afford on-the-job training.”
Rogers, who held the highway commissioner position from 2001-2005, said he was urged to run by township residents.
He pledges to apply for grants to help improve the roads and drainage in the unincorporated areas of the township, should he be elected. Rogers received $250,000 in grants in his term as highway commissioner.
“If the funds are managed properly, a lot more can be done without adding any burden to taxpayers,” Rogers said.
Lenzini, the assessor candidate, is a Certified Illinois Assessing Officer and is currently chief deputy assessor in Moraine Township with more than 10 years of assessor experience.
Steadman ran unsuccessfully for clerk in 2009, having lost by just 11 votes.
“I would like to have a vote in what is going on with Shields Township,” Steadman said about why she chose to run for trustee this time.
Steadman, an attorney, disagrees with actions of the current Shields Township board to cut programs funded to only those mandated by state law.
“In their approach of minimalist government, they have forgotten that the township serves a purpose,” Steadman said.