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Three seats for five candidates in Fontana Village Board race

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Gazette Staff
March 31, 2010

Five people are vying for three open seats on the Fontana Village Board.


Three incumbents are seeking re-election. They face a challenge from the former village treasurer and a current member of the Fontana Community Development Authority.


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Patrick Kenny (I)


Age: 52


Address: 785 Indian Hills Road, Fontana.


Job: Senior vice president, financial software company.


Education: Bachelor's degree in business administration, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., 1980.


Community service: Trustee, St. Benedict Catholic Church, Fontana.


Elected posts: Fontana Village Board member, 2007-present.


Major campaign issue: With today's economic climate, we must keep tight control over finances but continue to grow as a village through innovative and creative ideas.


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Diane Lewis (I)


Age: 53


Address: 650 S. Main St., Fontana.


Job: Musician


Education: High school graduate


Community service: Member of the Community Action Board of Directors; fundraiser for Agape House, Walworth; volunteer for the Geneva Lake Conservancy; volunteer performer at Golden Years, Walworth.


Elected posts: Fontana Village Board member, 2008-present.


Major campaign issue: I would like to see the village continue to find ways to keep spending down. Times are difficult, and money is tight for everyone right now, and although the village has done a phenomenal job of cutting costs, I still believe we can do more.


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Bill Turner (I)


Age: 66


Address: 393 N. Lake Shore Drive, Fontana.


Job: Publisher of "At The Lake" magazine, Fontana.


Education: Bachelor's degree in economics, Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., 1965; master's degree in international finance, London School of Economics, London, 1967; master's degree in business administration, University of Chicago, 1970.


Community service: Chairman of the Fontana Community Development Authority, 2001-present.


Elected posts: Fontana village president, 1983-95; Fontana Village Board member, 1976-80, 1999-present.


Major campaign issue: My main reason for running is to continue work on the community development authority. We are nearly finished with all of our projects, and I would like to see them through to conclusion. The major remaining projects are the reconstruction of Lake Street, the parking lot and the new lakefront activity center.


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Peggy L. Pollitt


Age: 55


Address: 442 Harvard Ave., Fontana.


Job: Comptroller, city of Lake Geneva.


Education: Bachelor's degree in accounting, Thiel College, Greenville, Penn., 1976.


Community service: Former treasurer of Fontana Community Church, Fontana; former treasurer of the American Association of University Women of Geneva Lake; former treasurer of the Glenwood Springs Club, Fontana.


Elected positions: None


Major campaign issue: My professional expertise is in the financial realm, and if elected, I will bring extensive knowledge and experience in government finance to the village board. This is a critical time financially for the village as the fund balance is at an all-time low. Strong fiscal leadership is required to get our village back on track.


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Cindy Wilson


Age: 57


Address: 813 Van Slyke Drive, Fontana.


Job: Owner, CB Wilson Interior Design, Fontana; substitute teacher.


Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Art Institute of Chicago, 1978.


Community service: Member of the Fontana Community Development Authority, 2004-present; former member of the 2000 Comprehensive Master Plan Design Team, 2000-01; former member of the Fontana Zoning Board of Appeals, 1991-93.


Elected posts: None


Major campaign issue: I am prepared to be an informed and effective advocate for the citizens of Fontana. I know that a functional and fair zoning code that respects the rights of all property owners can be a difficult balance that the village board and plan commission should continually work to maintain.



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