District 13 pits Cox against Brunk


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Posted Online: Oct. 08, 2012, 10:47 pm
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Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Name: David Cox

Party: Republican

Address: 1002 12th Ave., Moline

Age: 58

Education: Graduated Black Hawk College 1974

Occuption: Freed Heating and Air

Previous elected office: None

Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: Consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?



If additions need to be made there is land around the existing buildings. Across the street is an empty building, By using this option it will not only help the area but preserve existing businesses.

Should the county hire a professional administrator?

An administrator would help eliminate politics in some items that come to the board such as the building issue. His or her contract would have to be closely looked at.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

Reducing the size of the board is a must but 15 is a good starting point. Currently board members vote on items without knowing the complete details. A smaller board would mean each member would need more knowledge of each department. A small board with an administrator would be best.

What are your goals for the county, if you're elected?

In the past 30 years the county has lost residents and good jobs are being replaced by low wage jobs but at the same time government has grown and taxes go up every year. I's time to reverse that trend. The board needs to take an active role in bringing in business and jobs. We have lost a tremendous amount but it's not to late to turn it around.

Name: Richard H. "Quijas" Brunk

Party: Democrat

Address: 1527 11th Ave., Moline

Age: 39

Education: Graduate Moline High School, attended Black Hawk College

Occupation: Production worker

Previous elected office: Democratic precinct committeeman

Which approach to modernizing county offices do you support: Consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?



I would favor staying in close proximity to the jail and Justice Center, downtown. I do however, feel that all options should be looked at thoroughly, so the board can make a well-informed decision based on specific information.

Should the county hire a professional administrator?

I don't believe the county needs a professional administrator. Our full-time board chair, who serves in the capacity of administrator, is directly answerable not only to the full board, but to the electorate. I feel this is the best option at the lowest cost.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

I would only support considering such options if the citizens would continue to receive fair and equal representation, at a cost savings. The current option being presented would not ensure fair and equal representation and according to information available from various counties, it would actually increase costs to taxpayers.

What are your goals for the county, if you're elected?

I want to help ensure that the best possible, well informed, financially responsible decisions are being made, in order to provide a quality of life second to none, for all generations in Rock Island County.






 












 



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  Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Journeymen shoemakers of Rock Island struck for higher wages yesterday morning, asking 25 percent increases. Employers have acceded to their demand.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Lighting struck wires of the Merchants Electric Light Co. during a furious storm, and many Rock Island business houses were compelled to resort to gas as a means of illumination.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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