South RI Township will vote on clerk, supervisor, trustees


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Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 12:10 am
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Voters in South Rock Island Township have several contests to decide at the polls today.

Democrat Grace Diaz Shirk is challenging incumbent supervisor John Bauersfeld, a Republican; and Democrat Nick Camlin is challenging incumbent Don Sharp, a Republican, for town clerk.

Eight candidates are seeking the four seats to be filled on the township board of trustees. They are Democrats Mark Parr Jr., Michael Thomas Kelly, Frank Skafidas and Kaye Whitley; and Republicans Louis Alongi, Cathy Mason, Chuck Mumma and Kim Shuda.

Incumbent assessor Susan Carpentier is unopposed for re-election.

South Rock Island Township supervisor candidates

NAME: Grace Diaz Shirk
AGE: 56
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Retired teacher
FAMILY: Husband, Jerry; children, Christina, Jeremy and Jason; 4 grandchildren and one on the way!
EDUCATION: Rock Island High School; Augustana, Bachelors Business and Spanish; Western Illinois University Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township Supervisor
PRIOR OFFICE(S): South Rock Island Township Trustee 2001-2012; Rock Island Alderperson 1985-1997
WHY RUNNING: It is important to me to serve and to provide assistance to those in need. I would like to continue in these efforts.
KEY ISSUES: Hold the line on taxes and maintain a commitment to fiscal responsibility; maintain quality services to the elderly, the youth, the unemployed, the poor and the disabled; to improve cooperation with other townships, and other governmental agencies to enable us to provide the best services possible to our township residents.
COMMENTS: I believe in making a difference through community involvement. I believe in my role as township supervisor I will be able to make a difference and bring the experience necessary to meet the needs of all of our citizens.

NAME: John E. Bauersfeld
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Wife, Peggy; two children; four grandchildren
EDUCATION: Bachelor's in mathematics/political science from Augustana, post-grad work
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township supervisor
PRIOR OFFICE: Township supervisor, current director of Townships of Illinois, member of Supervisors of Illinois, Republican precinct committeeman, Rock Island alderman 1979 to 2005
WHY RUNNING:To be an integral part of providing viable programs and services to the citizens of our township, and to find reward in helping those in need.
KEY ISSUE: I will continue to stay below budget each year ensuring the lowest tax rate possible. I will provide ongoing transparency into the workings of the township by the use of the website and bi-annual newsletter expanded during my terms in office.
COMMENT: I am a life-long resident of Rock Island. All of my adult life I have been active in a multitude of community activities, including Jaycee, Boy Scouts, United Way, past president of the Botanical Center Board, president of Just Kids Educational Center.

South Rock Island Township clerk candidates

NAME: Nick Camlin
AGE: 25
ADDRESS: Rock Island,
OCCUPATION: Lights On For Learning grant coordinator at Washington Jr. High, Rock Island
FAMILY: Single
EDUCATION: Bachelor's in political science, Augustana College
POLITICAL PARTY: Democratic party
OFFICE SOUGHT: Clerk of South Rock Island Township
PRIOR OFFICE: Currently a member of the County Board, Dist. 15
WHY RUNNING: My goal as a public servant is simple: better government. I can bring my experiences to the township to help enhance its services to our residents.
KEY ISSUE: The clerk is part-time, but it is important because the clerk keeps official records, takes meeting minutes and handles intergovernmental exchanges. I'll make sure the township's work is done openly and honestly.
COMMENTS: As a life-long resident of Rock Island, I love our community and want to see it grow and improve. I serve on the boards of directors for Arrowhead, Project NOW and Quad City Area Labor Management Council, and have been a coach of youth track & cross country.

NAME: Don Sharp
AGE: 74
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: South Rock Island Township clerk
FAMILY: Wife, Dorothy; 4 children; 12 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren
EDUCATION: Beloit College and Midwestern Broadcasting School
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township clerk
PRIOR OFFICES: Two years township trustee, eight years as township clerk
WHY RUNNING: Would like to use my experience as clerk to keep everything running smoothly with both parties cooperating, something we don't see a lot of currently.
KEY ISSUE: It's always fiscal responsibility, which means keeping taxes in check. However, we also have to keep providing services to the many people who need help. It is sometimes a tough balancing act, but one that we work hard at accomplishing.

South Rock Island Township trustee candidates

NAME: Frank G. Skafidas
AGE: 62
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Fabrication supervisor, River Stone Group
FAMILY: Married; three grown children
EDUCATION: Bachelor's in business, Northern Illinois University
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Township trustee since 2011
WHY RUNNING: I want to continue to expand the services the township provides to its residents at no extra cost.
KEY ISSUE: The township provides many important services to its residents like general assistance, emergency aid and programs for the elderly and youth. In order to continue these functions it is vital to keep a watchful eye on taxpayer dollars to ensure responsible spending.
COMMENTS: I love serving South Rock Island Township because it's been my home my entire life and it's where I raised my children. In the past, I have served our community by volunteering for Junior Achievement and United Way.

NAME: Chuck Mumma
AGE: 57
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Employed by Cummins Central Power LLC.
FAMILY: Wife, Debbie; five children; three stepchildren, nine grandchildren with one on the way
EDUCATION: High school
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None
WHY RUNNING: I am running for this position so I can give back to my community by helping our senior citizens and our youth.
COMMENT: As a trustee I would work to keep a balanced budget and and still keep the level of assistance to our citizens at its best, by working together with the other board members to find ways to cut spending and improve the services that are provided through the township.I am a life-long resident of Rock Island and have been an active volunteer in youth sports programs over several years.

NAME: Louie Alongi
AGE: 71
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Retired from KJWW
FAMILY: Wife, Linda; three children; five grandchildren
EDUCATION: Bachelor's in business administration/marketing, Augustana College
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee; currently serving 2nd term Trustee of South Rock Island Township
PRIOR OFFICE: Current trustee
WHY RUNNING: I am a life-long resident of Rock Island. All of my family live here. I have been an active volunteer in my community and church for over 35 years.
COMMENT: I feel the most important responsibility is how wisely our tax dollars are spent. The four trustees of our township review each and every expense submitted, and must vote and approve all expenses before payments are made. A balanced budget that serves the needs of the residents and delivers the mandates of the state of Illinois also is an important responsibility.

NAME: Michael Thomas Kelly
AGE: 66
ADDRESS: Rock Island
FAMILY: Wife, Lenora Teigland
EDUCATION: Alleman High school, Black Hawk College, University of New Mexico
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None
WHY RUNNING: To make sure all properties are fairly valued and that all township residents with needs are assisted.
KEY ISSUES: 1) Assisting residents with needs of indigence, b) emergency crisis c) seniors d) youth development 2) Balanced budgets without pay raises for elected official and avoiding
tax increases for residents 3) Fair market valuation assessed 4) More open use of township building
COMMENTS: People come first but we must live within our budgets. Illinois has mandated townships take care of those residents in need such as: indigents, some seniors, one time emergencies and youths. The real leadership comes in balancing those needs and having a balanced budget. I am ultimately responsible to all the residents of the township. This democratic team is listening.

NAME: Cathy S. Mason
AGE: 35
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Marketing Coordinator at Shive-Hattery Inc., Moline
FAMILY: Husband, Douglas Mason; 4-year-old daughter; raising 16-year-old nephew
EDUCATION: Associate's degree Black Hawk College
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None
WHY RUNNING: This opportunity to give back is an honor and with the republican candidate slate our teamwork will make the dream work as we seek the same common vision to advance the district.
KEY ISSUE: The most important priority while serving as trustee will be to review all incoming and outgoing funds submitted for accuracy. Helping keep the budget balanced and in favor of a better district for our residents is key. I believe in honest and fair dealings.

NAME: Mark Parr Jr.
AGE: 61
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Wife, Julie; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Kate; daughter; Jessica; grandchildren, Abbi, Calvin and one on the way.
EDUCATION: Graduate of RIHS, some Black Hawk College, Deere/UAW apprentice training
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township board
PRIOR OFFICES: Current trustee, president of Rock Island County Township Association, president of UAW Local 79, precinct committeeman
WHY RUNNING: As a current trustee, I want to continue that we maintain a responsible and financially secure township.
KEY ISSUE: Keep providing transparency, expanding our programs to all of the constituents and continuing to provide and maintain a responsible and financially secure township government.
COMMENTS: I am a firm believer that honesty is always the best policy.

NAME: Kaye Whitley
AGE: 45
ADDRESS: 2450 28th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201
OCCUPATION: Community Development Program Manager — City of Moline
FAMILY: Single; son, Kevin Serrano and daughter-in-law ,Shamane; 2 grandkids, Layla and Ava
EDUCATION: Black Hawk College, A.A.S 1990
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township Trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Incumbent-South Rock Township Trustee 2012
WHY RUNNING: Because I care! As a trustee, I want to continue to do what's best for our residents by enhancing local services and maintaining fiscal responsibility.
KEY ISSUES:
1. Maintaining a conservative fiscal Township budget — no raises for elected officers;
2. Maintaining township services and programs for all residents (emergency situations, senior and youth development programs, etc.);
3. Fair property tax assessments;
4. Marketing of Township available services and responsibilities.
COMMENTS: As the economy and community composition changes, available community programs my need to be altered or redefined. The township trustees have demonstrated we are doing more with less through our emphasis on community services and programs, while continuing to put the needs of people first over raises for elected officers.

NAME: Kim Shuda
AGE: 50
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Chiropractor
FAMILY: Son
EDUCATION: Graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic, bachelor's and doctor of chiropractic degrees
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None
WHY RUNNING: Along with a strong passion to serve my community, I am capable of bringing fresh and positive perspectives while serving with honesty and integrity.
KEY ISSUE: Since 1993, I have operated my own chiropractic practice in Rock Island. I believe that serving people while remaining financially responsible go hand in hand. I am a team player and will work diligently to see that township funds are used in the most effective and efficient manner.
COMMENTS: Our republican team is poised to serve the needs of South Rock Island Township with new energy and enthusiasm! We would appreciate your vote on April 9. Thank you for your support.





















 



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