Bachelor's Degree, Political Science, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL
Juris Doctor, Law, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL
Attorney/C.P.A., Law Offices of Martin J. Waitzman, P.C.
On the Record
What experiences do you have that make you a good candidate for office?
I am an attorney, CPA, former policeman, and national lecturer on business & legal matters. I was comptroller for multi-million dollar companies and have experience in conflict resolution/mediation.
What are your top two or three priorities if elected?
-Secure the release of all pending Certified Audits. -Stop the waste of taxpayer dollars for legal fees paid on unnecessary litigation. -Build consensus and cooperation among elected officials to resolve disagreements through collaboration and negotiation, rather than litigation.
Would you support freezing your taxing district\\\\\\\'s levy until housing prices rebound? Why or why not?
I am in favor of freezing the tax levy on a year by year basis. The levy should not be tied to housing price rebounds. Increased needs, if any, within the taxing districts, should be the trigger for a tax levy increase, not rebounds in housing prices.
What one decision by the township board do you most disagree with and why?
The hiring of Pam Fender as Township administrator. The Board’s frustration with Linda Moore’s inability or refusal to perform her duties was justified. Notwithstanding the Board’s understandable frustration arising from Moore’s intentional or negligent malfeasance and misfeasance, the law did not permit bringing Fender in to usurp the Supervisor’s duties. The result was expensive and prolonged litigation that cost the taxpayers dearly. Parenthetically, Fender was appropriately excoriated by the Court for her involvment.
What was the biggest accomplishment of the board in the past year?
Approval and hiring of a forensic audit firm. The Board has a duty to “audit” the finances of the Township, but is unable to do so without Moore’s cooperation and full disclosure. The taxpayers will get a clearer picture of the financial position and results of operations of the Township. The forensic audit should also able to detect and disclose financial wrongdoing, such as defalcations or misappropriation of resources, if any.
Why should voters elect you to office?
I bring a fresh perspective to the issues in Grafton Township. I was never a paricipant nor member of either faction that contributed to, or caused the conflict that resulted in the dysfunction that still exists in Grafton Township government today. I have no bias and no allegiance to anyone but my fellow taxpayers. My conflict resolution skills and experience can help avoid the childish bickering that costs the taxpayers money. I possess common sense, education, and experience which will facilitate the Grafton Township Government becoming a functional, professional unit. I am a fiscal conservative who knows how to do more with less, and how to work collaboratively and respectfully with the community, staff, and other elected officials.
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