See who's running in Coe Township

Originally Posted Online: April 01, 2013, 12:37 am
Last Updated: April 02, 2013, 10:26 pm
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Voters in Coe Township, in the northeast end of Rock Island County, will decide contests for clerk, road commissioner and all four open trustee slots when they go to the polls April 9.

Democrat Steve Simpson is unopposed for supervisor, and Republican Ann Tague is unopposed for assessor.

Following is information on the contested races.

Clerk Candidates

NAME: Brenna Francisko
ADDRESS: Cordova
AGE: 40
OCCUPATION: Chief operating officer of Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection & Weighing Services Inc.
FAMILY: Husband Steve, son Dylan
EDUCATION: Graduated from Western Illinois University
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township clerk
PRIOR OFFICE(S): Have been Coe Township clerk for the last nine years
WHY RUNNING: To ensure Coe Township meets the needs of the residents by utilizing my expertise in finance, budgets and business practices.

Republican Bev Hansen did not return the questionnaire.

Road Commissioner Candidates

NAME: Greg Lohman
AGE: 43
ADDRESS: Port Byron
FAMILY: Married, three sons
EDUCATION: Associate degree
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township road commissioner
WHY RUNNING: I believe I could do a better job keeping the roads safe and in good condition for the people.
KEY ISSUE: Trying to keep the roads maintained and improve them with the budget we have.

NAME: Rick Mitton
ADDRESS: Hillsdale
AGE: 60
FAMILY: Wife Diana, three grown children.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Riverdale High School.
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township road commissioner
PRIOR OFFICE: Current Hillsdale Fire Department trustee
COMMENTS: I have been a lifelong resident of Coe Township. For 35 years I served as a volunteer on the Hillsdale Fire Department, 17 as fire chief. Since retiring I have worked for the Coe Township Road and Bridge Department and am very knowledgeable of the conditions of the roads and bridges, being aware of the necessary maintenance required. Because of that involvement and being retired I decided I could devote more time serving the township.

Trustee Candidates

Paul Riewerts
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Retired design engineer from John Deere Product Development. Working part time on contract.
FAMILY: Married with two grown and married daughters
EDUCATION: 1970 graduate of Riverdale High school and 1975 graduate from University of Illinois College Engineering
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township Trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: No prior political office
WHY RUNNING: To help set priorities, oversee tax dollars are wisely spent, budget, and maintenance of roads and cemeteries
COMMENTS: I have past experience with setting priorities, developing budgets and maintaining spending accountability for both large and small organizations.

NAME: Betsey Morthland
AGE: 52
ADDRESS: Cordova
OCCUPATION: Dean of Health Sciences, Black Hawk College
FAMILY: Husband, Rich; daughters Eliza and Bethany.
EDUCATION: BES, St Ambrose University; MS, Western Illinois University; PhD candidate, Trident University
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township Trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Coe Township Precinct Committeeman
WHY RUNNING: I care deeply about the quality of life that the residents of Coe Township enjoy and will do my best to help maintain it through careful decision making and fiscal responsibility. As a trustee, I will make myself available to the residents of the township and will do my best to represent their needs and concerns.
KEY ISSUE: I will advocate for careful use of our tax dollars and other resources, primarily in the area of road maintenance.

NAME: Wayne "Brink" Brinkmeier
AGE: 75
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Real estate agent
FAMILY: Wife Salley, two sons and two daughters, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, advanced studies
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Coe Township trustee
WHY RUNNING: I feel it is important for people to be involved and I have served one term as trustee. We have some important issues in the near future. It is my hope to help overcome these issues.
KEY ISSUE: The biggest issue we face in coming years are roads in our township. Everyone wants decent roads. We are facing the money issue which many people also will be facing. The cost to maintain our roads has increased more than our income. This must be addressed and dealt with.

NAME: Mashell Tague
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Assistant controller, BankORION
FAMILY: Husband Larry, two grown children.
EDUCATION: Graduated North Scott High School, BAI School of Banking, Wis.
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Coe Township trustee from 2005 to 2009
COMMENT: I feel it's important to be involved in the community I live in. Being a township trustee would give me an opportunity to be of service to my neighbors and friends. My background in financial and operational controls will provide some insight for dealing with the rising costs and limited budget the township has to deal with.

NAME: Michael O'Hara
ADDRESS: Port Byron
AGE: 61
OCCUPATION: Outside supervisor for Hillsdale Elevator Company
FAMILY: Wife Diana, three grown children.
EDUCATION: Graduated from Riverdale High School.
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Zuma Township trustee for eight years
COMMENT: I grew up in Coe Township, lived in the area all my life and moved back to the family farm in 2012.1 was raised on the farm, have farmed, and my employment is in an agricultural business. I'm willing to serve the community and believe I can bring a farming viewpoint to the township board.

NAME: Gary Orr
ADDRESS: Port Byron
AGE: 64
FAMILY: Wife Kathie, two grown children.
EDUCATION:Graduated from Riverdale High School and Western Illinois University.
OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee
COMMENT: I was a former Riverdale elementary principal and have been a resident of Coe Township for over 30 years. All my interest has been in the school and community. In retirement, I am a substitute bus driver for the Riverdale School District, and wanting to do more in the community, decided to seek a position on the Coe Township board.

Republicans Mark Kruckenberg and Bruce Ingram did not return the questionnaire.


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1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.

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