KANEVILLE – Two men are running for the Kaneville Township highway commissioner, including the incumbent who has held the seat for more than three decades.
Dale Pierson is challenging incumbent Dennis Long for the seat, which Long has held for 32 years.
Long said he wants to run again because he enjoys the job and likes to stay active. His goals include blacktopping the township’s roads. He said currently, the township has enough funding to blacktop only a half-mile of road each year, and he said he wants to find grant money to fund road repairs.
“This winter isn’t helping our roads with the freezing and thawing,” he said.
The township is responsible for 26 miles of roadways, he said, including two subdivisions.
Pierson said he’s a good candidate because he has lived in Kaneville Township his entire life, making him knowledgeable about the township’s roads, the needs of the community and the requirements of the job. As a farmer, he said he has knowledge of operating all types of equipment.
Pierson’s experience in local government includes serving on the Kaneville Planning Commission and the Kaneville Fire Protection District Board. He also has been on the Kaneville Cemetery Board for more than 20 years.
Pierson said if he’s elected, his priorities would include maintaining and mowing the roadways in a timely manner; continuing snowplowing and salting services; and working with other local highway departments to streamline costs.
“Little townships like ours don’t have a lot of money,” he said, adding that he would try to collaborate with nearby townships in Kane County.
Long, who also is a farmer, is married and has three daughters. He said he’s a good candidate because he has experience.
“I know where the bad spots are in the roads and where the snow piles up most in the winter time,” he said. “I know the township real well, and I know all the people out there. If something comes up, they just give me a call.”
Pierson is married and has two children. He said he decided to run because he enjoys that type of work.
“I have a good knowledge of all the roads in our area, and I know how to run all the equipment,” he said. “It’s one more way to help our community.”