District 18: Fiscella takes on Simmer


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Originally Posted Online: Oct. 13, 2012, 8:42 pm
Last Updated: Oct. 14, 2012, 12:14 am
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com

Name: Ronald Bellinger Fiscella

Party: Democrat

Address: 12 Velie Drive, Moline

Age: 61

Education: 11 straight years after high school

Occupation: Physician

Previous elected offices: None

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

At this time I do not have enough information to comment. Of course, the most efficient, cost effective and safest method for the public is in all our best interests.

Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day-to-day operations?

Again, at this point I need to analyze the budget, positions already filled, job duties within the county system and then decide, depending on whichever option is in the best interest of the taxpayers and employees. We don't want to add an administrator's salary to our already strained budget unless it would return savings in excess of the costs.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

I don't have enough information, including detailed budgets, population representation, etc. Our governing system should represent the diversified population in an equal fashion. The adequate size needed to do the above for the county has been determined in the past, but periodic reviews is always a good thing.

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

As a family practitioner, I interact with all aspects of peoples' lives daily. I see the numerous obstacles they must surpass to continue the lifestyle they are accustomed to. The county will continue to be of assistance. I will represent the people responsibly, fairly, equally, with fiscal responsibility and first-class service. I will continue to support our employees to who make our numerous county services seamless.

Name: Rod Simmer

Party: Republican

Age: 49

Address: 3312 34th Ave. Court, Rock Island

Education: A.S., B.S., doctorates

Occupation: Chiropractor

Previous elected office: Elected to the county board in 2010

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

I'd like to see the county develop a capital improvement fund dedicated to the future of county facilities. I'd also like to see smaller bites, taking one building at a time, starting in the worst areas and working up. There are empty storefronts downtown that could be used to store hard records. Our basements could be cleared away so that mechanical and electrical issues could be resolved. We have many great ideas that are being presented to us by individuals throughout our county that we need to listen to and react.

Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day to day operations?

A professional administrator, at this time, is not a financially responsible move for us to pursue.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board? 

I'm sitting on the fence on this issue. I see pros and cons for both sides, and I believe and trust the voters to make the right choices for us on this matter. They need to keep in mind the ratio of voter to representative and the increase in cost for fewer board members because it would take more time to complete tasks, which equals more money. A smaller board may be more efficient and streamlined.

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

A streamlined and more efficient form of county government. Work more toward future goals not just putting out today's fires. No more quick fixes. Making sure our decisions will help us and our children in the future.
















 




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