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Four vie for Sugar Grove Township supervisor

Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, April 6, 2013 7:57 a.m. CDT

SUGAR GROVE – Sugar Grove Township voters will choose from four candidates for township supervisor when they hit the polls Tuesday.

Incumbent Harold Davis will face off against Tom Rowe, a current trustee, Scott Jesseman, also a current trustee, and newcomer Curt Karas in the consolidated election.

Davis was appointed to the position in January to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of former Township Supervisor Dan Nagel. He previously had served as a trustee on the board.

“I think I’ve got as much experience as anybody,” Davis said. “… Of those on the existing board now … they chose me to take the supervisor position.”

If elected to retain his position, Davis will focus on adding more children’s and senior programs, as well as creating community events to attract more people to the area. He added a “centralized, unified approach with other taxing bodies,” like the village, park district and library, would allow them to make these additions without additional funds.

Rowe has served as a trustee since January, when he was appointed to fill a vacancy. Before to that, he served as township clerk for 12 years.

“I just want to continue to serve the residents of Sugar Grove,” the recent retiree said.

If elected, Rowe said he will focus on more senior programming, especially revisiting transportation services for seniors and those with disabilities.

“My top priority is to continue to enhance and support the senior program here in the township,” he said. “… We want more than just roads and bridges and assessments.”

Jesseman has been a trustee for more than three years. He also was appointed to fill a vacancy. If elected, he said he wants to work toward a more transparent government.

“Basically, I just want open and honest government,” he said.

He said he wants to use the township’s website to make information more readily available and attract more people to meetings.

“I care about what happens to the area,” he said. “My goal is to represent anyone that wants better government.”

Karas said he has attended meetings for several months and is concerned about accounting issues within the township.

“I can see they need some help with their internal controls and accounting practices,” he said. “My primary goal is to get an accounting system going.”

Karas, a CPA, said his professional experience would help the board implement an accounting system.

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