Catching takes lead in Aurora Township Dems race
By Jenette Sturges firstname.lastname@example.org February 26, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: March 28, 2013 6:20AM
Aurora Township looks like it will have a new leader.
With 72 of 73 precincts reporting, Township Trustee Bill Catching had a significant lead over incumbent Christina Campos in the race for Aurora Township supervisor.
Catching faced off against Campos and former Kane County Board Member Paul Greviskes in the Democratic primary.
Catching had roughly 40 percent of the vote, but turnout for the snowy day was incredibly low. On average, fewer than 2 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the township races.
Just 89 votes separated Catching, with 752 votes, from Campos, who had 663 votes at press time. Greviskes was in third, with 458 votes.
Both challengers to the incumbent Campos largely campaigned on a promise of good government — in 2011, township trustees censured Campos for allegedly taking payroll advances without advising other staff members.
Catching, a former Beacon-News reporter and assistant chief of staff to former Mayor David Stover, leveled several accusations of mismanagement against Campos, including what he said was her inability to explain why revenue was down despite increased ridership for the township’s popular Dial-A-Ride service.
He vowed to return good governance to the board, and thanked fellow township Trustees David Moore and Delores Hicks, who both appeared to be in good standing for re-election Tuesday night.
“We three have stood together and tried to move the township forward, but ultimately we needed a change in leadership, and I’m very glad that the voters agreed,” Catching said from Mike and Denise’s, where he and fellow township Democrats were celebrating Tuesday night.
Catching said he believed Tuesday night’s election to be the first primary the Democrats have held for the supervisor position in the township’s history.
“I think the case against the incumbent was very clear, and that’s the reason her supporters wanted a caucus, and we wanted the people to be able to speak and hear the facts and the truth,” he said.
Catching will face Albert E. Heriaud, who was slated by Aurora Township Republicans, in the April 9 election.
In the race for township trustee, incumbent David Moore, incumbent Dolores Hicks, former East Aurora School Board Member Juanita Wells and Juan Reyna had the lead for the four open seats, with Barbara Hernandez trailing close behind in fifth place.
The winners will face four Republicans, Harry A. Crowcroft, James Heriaud, Joan Solms and Don Duve, in the April 9 contest.