Yesterday I wrote about the defeat of Algonquin Township Highway Commissioner Bob Miller’s slate.
He backed Township Clerk Marc Munaretto for Supervisor against incumbent Dianne Klemm and Trustee candidates Dan Shea, Lowell Cutsforth, Neils Kruse and Bill Bligh for Trustee.
Only Shea emerged victorious.
Reflecting on the election, it occurred to me that there were also slates, formal and informal in Nunda and Grafton Township.
In Nunda Township, a sticker on the front page of the Sunday Northwest Herald heralded the linking of Township Supervisor candidate Lee Jennings with Road Commissioner candidate “Iron Mike” Lesperance. Presumably, Susan Jennings, running for Clerk was on the same slate, although not mentioned on the sticker.
Both Jennings and Lesperance won, albeit by tiny margins. Susan Jennings lost the Clerk’s race by a tiny margin as well.
In Grafton Township, the informal slate consisted of Township Supervisor candidate Marty Waitzman, Assessor candidate incumbent Bill Ottley and Road Commissioner candidate Tom Poznanski.
This slate had a strange twist with Township Supervisor candidate Pam Fender endorsing Poznanski.
In any event, only Poznanski emerged victorious.
So, what might one conclude about slates?
Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.
The most formal slate, as evidenced by Bob Miller’s candidates for Algonquin Township Trustee on joint signs he financed, got shot down.
Not by very much though.
In Nunda Township the Northwest Herald-revealed Jennings-Lesperance slate won, but barely.
What might be called the Grafton Township Establishment slate of Waitzman, Ottley and Poznanski emerged with only Poznanski in the winners’ column.