GRAYSLAKE, IL – A group of reform focused candidates announced that they are running for Avon Township office on Monday, December 14.
The slate of candidates, called “Avon Focused”, are:
Michele Bauman for Avon Township Supervisor
Bauman is a realtor, mother and current Avon Township Trustee. She’s been an outspoken critic of the current supervisor, and she is leading the charge to clean up Avon Township. She’s active in the Avon community having served in many different roles with the Boy/Cub Scouts, as aboard member of Grayslake Exchange Club, and past director of Avon Cares Food Pantry.
Chris Ditton for Avon Township Assessor
Ditton is an attorney and the current assessor for Avon. In his current role, he worked with state lawmakers to increase threshold from $55,000 to $65,000 for the senior freeze Chris and his family have lived in Grayslake for over 25 years and would like to continue the progress made towards fair and equitable assessments. His overriding goal is to use all efforts to ensure that every property is assessed fairly, so that the property owner pays his/her fair share of the tax burden and not a penny more.
Kristal Larson for Avon Township Clerk
Larson is a lifelong resident of Avon Township, currently residing in Hainesville with her spouse and two children for the past twelve years. She has an extensive background in technology and operations having worked with companies of all sizes at an executive level. She is a former Avon Township Trustee. If elected, Larson would be the first openly transgender person to serve in public office in Lake County and the second in the state of Illinois.
Jeanne Kearby for Avon Township Trustee
Kearby has been a resident in Avon Township for over 50 years and raised her four boys in this same community. She sincerely appreciates her service as Clerk for Avon Township for almost eight years. Her commitment to the Avon Community takes many paths. She believes in political engagement, the education of our children and service to our community. She’s the chair of B.E.S.T. Kindergarten Readiness Committee, a director for the Exchange Club and involved with the League of Women Voters. She is also a retired educator and administrator.
Jeff Loffredo for Avon Township Trustee
Loffredo is a proud member of Pipefitters Local 597. He lives with his wife in Manor Lake and is a lifelong resident of the Grayslake area. He understands the value of hard work and applies his strong work ethic to everything he does. As an expert in the construction trades, Jeff can play a key role in improving our township’s infrastructure. He’s running for trustee to be a champion of our community, improve its roads and strengthen other structural public works. Jeff will be an outspoken voice for government transparency, economic development and more responsible stewardship of our tax dollars.
Michael Dobrow for Avon Township Trustee
Dobrow lives in Grayslake and is a lifelong resident of Lake County. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he studied political science. He works as an integrated communications specialist for a non-profit specialized dental association committed to helping patients, promoting important oral health care and hygiene and supporting dentists and their staff. He is committed to promoting policies that make local government less costly, more efficient, more ethical and more transparent.
Rudy Repa for Avon Township Trustee
Repa grew up in Round Lake, and he understands the culture and values that make our township special. He currently works as a planner for the Village of Franklin Park. In this current role, he helps secure grant monies for the village and oversees various local government functions. Rudy is currently enrolled at University of Illinois Chicago where he is earning his master’s degree in urban planning and policy.
“Avon Township is a great place to live and raise a family, but taxpayers have lost faith in it. We’re running to restore peoples’ trust,” Bauman said. “The current supervisor has treated the township like it’s his own personal piggy bank – and that has to stop!We want to strengthen our community and bring about much needed government reform. Our group is focused on promoting fiscally responsible, ethical government, greater accessibility and more transparency.”
“I’m proud to join the team of Avon Focused candidates and I share their mission of bringing about a more fiscally responsible, less costly and ethical government,” Ditton said. “Avon Township taxpayers deserve fair and equitable assessments. As assessor, I’ll continue to ensure property owners are paying his or her fair share.”
“Our community has a long tradition of strong women serving Avon Township, and I am honored to help build upon this legacy,” Larson said. “As Clerk, I’ll work to increase accessibility and engage the community”
The campaign is starting off with great momentum – having submitted their petition paperwork to appear on the April 6 Municipal Election ballot with over 300 voters’ signatures.
To learn more about Avon Focused, request a lawn sign, inquire about volunteer opportunities or donate to support their campaign, please visit www.avonfocused.com.
Avon Township is made up of all or portions of the following jurisdictions: Grayslake, Hainesville, Long Lake, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Round Lake Park, and Third Lake.