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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1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.




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