Tamara Lueth: Candidate Profile
Grafton Township Board (4-year Terms) (Independent)
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Office sought: Grafton Township Board (4-year Terms)
Family: Husband of 31 years- Rick
Jenna ( Kyle) Pfaff
Tyler ( Nikki) Lueth- grandchildren Brooklyn and Brayden
Jami ( fiancee Joe)
Occupation: Registered Professional Nurse
Education: Associate degree of applied science in nursing
Elected offices held: Grafton township 4 precinct committeeman
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain:
Key Issue 1
Regain financial stability of the township
Key Issue 2
Have a township board that will efficiently work together
Key Issue 3
After knowing the financial status of the township, within time be able to develop and expand on programs to benefit the residents of the township.
Name the three most important goals or objectives this board should tackle in the coming term. Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
Prioritize them, and briefly discuss why you believe each to be critical, and how the board should go about addressing them.
First goal is finances. How can the township function without knowing exactly what the financial state of the township is. According to current records the township is going to be in the negative for some time. The audits need to be completed, possibly adjust the budget.
Second, resolve the lawsuits. Thousands of dollars are being spent on lawyers. The newly elected officials and the lawyers need to sit down and eliminate these suits.
Third, once the financial status of the township in known and when possible to start to review currant programs and then to hopefully expand and develop programs.
In the 21st Century, with municipalities gobbling up vacant land, why are townships needed? Should they be serving a new role? If so, what?
Since townships are our first layer of government, they are needed for the GA for the residents who require public aid and then to direct them to the next level of assistance. To provide programs for the seniors and disabled. The road district is needed to maintain the roads not being maintained by the county or village. Property assessments.
What should be the primary responsibility of township government?
Providing GA, maintaining roads not maintained by village or county, and property assessments
In these hard economic times, can you identify some township expenses/programs that could be trimmed or eliminated to reduce the tax burden?
What specific background or experience do you bring that makes you the best qualified candidate to serve as an elected official in the township?
I was born and raised in Huntley. I know the purpose of the townships and how they are to be run. I was a stay at home mom for many years, so I know how to set and maintain a budget. Learn to live within your means and know the difference between a want and a need. My qualities consist of good communication skills, logical, a motivator, a mediator, and work well with others. Also, I 'm a home health nurse, I see first hand some of the hardships these seniors and /or disabled are going through and not just the seniors or disabled but also residents of townships. Many of them don't know what a township is or the service they can provide. I feel with my knowledge and experience I can help to develop and expand on programs that are needed. I am familiar with the other agencies which can help give assistance to those you need it.