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: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000.
1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city.
1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association.
1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College.
1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.




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