A press release from Grafton Township Republican candidate for Assessor:
Alan Zielinski, Republican nominee for Grafton Township Assessor, clears the air.
VILLAGE OF LAKEWOOD, IL (March 21, 2013) – Alan Zielinski, Republican nominee for Grafton Township Assessor, wants to make sure his message “Grafton deserves better!” is not muffled by distractions, unfounded rumors and even outright lies.
“Press releases are usually written in the third person but this comes directly from me. The voters chose me as their Republican nominee for the general election and deserve to hear a clear message.
Taxpayers’ focus should be on critical issues like my Taxpayer Bill of Rights and not inconsequential distractions. Some peripheral attacks have been posted and it’s time to discredit them and put them to rest forever. Grafton Township is facing a life and death financial situation!” said Zielinski.
Political sign damage
“My campaign had several of our large signs damaged during the primary. Because of the frigid cold and wind, the plastic tie-wraps broke and we had to replace them with nylon rope and electrical wire.
“While it certainly could have been vandalism, my mind didn’t even go there because it’s not something I would ever do nor condone. No one in our community should stoop to such low standards.
“It’s unfortunate my opponent chose to implicate me without any basis whatsoever. The Huntley Deputy Police Chief stated for the record the wind was likely at fault. This community has had its fill of name-calling and in-fighting and needs to focus on the serious issues in front of us.
“Those serious issues and my concern for the residents of Grafton Township are why I chose to enter this race by offering my education, experience and qualifications in my bid for the assessor position.”
Reaching across the aisle
“My opponent conveyed a phone conversation we had several weeks ago about possibly joining forces. It occurred but its context and basis were solely the speedy healing of the community.
“Grafton Township is in dire financial straits. The ability to diligently work ourselves out of that financial pit will require astute financial planning and management. For that to occur, the new Trustees will require accurate and timely assessments so a prudent and realistic cash flow plan can be initiated.
“Given my 11 years of appraisal experience, 30 years of valuation experience and 40 years of general business experience which include company leadership roles, I have complete confidence in my abilities to hit the ground running. That includes timely, accurate and complete compliance with all statutory requirements of the Illinois Property Tax Code. However, I’ll need a team to achieve that.
“None of the assessor’s current staff have approached me since I won the primary. I value initiative in my teammates and, in the absence of that, decided to act proactively based on feedback I’ve received from several independent sources.
“I’ve stated several times I’m a businessman, not a politician. The suggestion to my opponent was one any good businessman would have made. Rather than battling for several months, let’s join forces and get a head start doing our part to help right Grafton’s financial situation. My opponent’s call notes even cite one of my opening phrases conveying the goal of my call: ‘Allies instead of enemies.’
“Her call notes confirm that overture was summarily declined without even a moment’s consideration. Worse, that genuinely appropriate business venture has been sadly spun into some sort of political ‘deal.’ Nothing could be farther from the truth as confirmed by my opponent’s published call notes.
“Talent acquisition/management and succession planning are mandatory in any successful organization. That’s true whether the organization is for-profit, non-profit or public service. The fact my opponent doesn’t realize that clearly indicates her inexperience as a senior manager.
“Maintaining the status quo requires only a Certified Illinois Assessment Officer designation. Achieving zero appeals by earning the trust of Grafton’s taxpayers mandates an appraiser certification.
“My opponent’s public Linkedin resume (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/terra-jensen/50/720/833) conveys she lacks the in-depth valuation and management experience required to be a trusted steward of Grafton’s $1.6 billion of assessed property value. Her resume states no managerial, P&L or balance sheet responsibility of any significance.
“My offer was a chance for her to safely develop and cultivate those skills without further jeopardizing the financial well-being of Grafton Township. The offer was also straightforward: let’s work together with the township’s best interests at heart. There was no hidden agenda. There was no selfish motivation on my part. There was no benefit to me. There was no ‘deal.’
“The only winners would have been my opponent who would’ve received her 2,500 hours over 2 years of appraisal experience under my tutelage and the taxpayers of Grafton Township who would have eventually received a seasoned certified appraiser and experienced senior management executive.”
Grafton deserves better
“The definition of ‘better’ includes several facets.
- People working together versus forming polarized camps and sniping at each other.
- Accurate and timely assessments that will allow proper financial planning.
- Leaders with real business and managerial experience at the township’s controls.
- A focus on matters of fact and consequence versus innuendo and unfounded aspersions.
“My commitment to this community remains absolute and I plan to use my decades of business skills and diverse valuation experience to help the new Trustees’ financial planning and management in every way possible.
“Complaining about lost signs, casting aspersions as to whom the ‘culprit’ might be (other than Mother Nature) and spinning an authentic, unselfish and sound business venture offer into something sinister smacks far too much of the past behavior that got Grafton Township into its current mess.
“Grafton Township has endured more than its fair share of abrasion, acrimony and internal attacks. It needs to move forward with its residents cohesively working together. Remaining at odds is an unpalatable, financially-ruinous alternative.”
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Zielinski is facing off against Independent Terra Jensen.