Township supervisor candidates differ

Township supervisor candidates differ

CHAMPAIGN — Two candidates for township supervisor for the City of Champaign Township offer differing views on how the office should operate.

Republican Pamela Borowski said she is proud of how her office has cut spending.

"When I took office four years ago, we were almost broke, and today we are not," she said. "We've been pretty frugal with a lot of our spending."

Democrat Andy Quarnstrom, a Champaign firefighter for the last 16 years, says he wants the office to do more for people in need.

"I believe the township supervisor is responsible to be an advocate and liaison for those who are most underprivileged," he said.

Borowski and Quarnstrom spoke Wednesday night at a forum at the Champaign City Building.  Here is audio from the forum.

Borowski said she is proud of what her office has done to help those in need.

"We've done a lot of good things for the people of the community — the people who have been ignored," she said. "I have a passion for the people we do serve."

Quarnstrom said he would like to take money from budget surpluses to work with social service agencies.

"We need to expand our services to build a partnership with social services," he said.

Quarnstrom called for moving the office to a location that is better accessible for people with disabilities.

Borowski said an effort was made to find a more suitable office, but the township was unable to do so due to the economy and other factors.

The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Champaign County, the Champaign County NAACP and The News-Gazette.