Diaz-Shirk wants to 'help people' as new South RI Township supervisor


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Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 10:30 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Democrat Grace Diaz-Shirk defeated incumbent Republican John Bauersfeld in Tuesday's South Rock Island Township supervisor election.

With all precincts reporting, Ms. Diaz-Shirk, a retired teacher, had 52 percent of the vote to Mr. Bauersfeld's 47 percent.

"I'm not going to take a pension, and I'm not going to take insurance," she said. "I'm there to help people."

Ms. Diaz-Shirk said she wanted to see the township work more closely with other units of local government and start new programs for youth and veterans.

Mr. Bauersfeld had served as the township's supervisor for eight years. He said he had worked hard to win and had been confident of victory before the results were announced.

"I think she should continue the stable ship that I've developed," Mr. Baursfeld said of his opponent.

Eight candidates ran for four trustee slots on the township's board.

Newcomer Kim Shuda, a Republican, was elected, with incumbent Democrat Kaye Whitley losing out. Incumbent Democrats Mark Parr andFrank Skafidas and incumbent Republican Louie Alongi all were reelected.

For township clerk, Democrat Nick Camlin prevailed over incumbent Republican Don Sharp, taking 52 percent of the vote to his opponent's tally of 47 percent. Mr. Camlin also is a member of the Rock Island County Board.

Republican assessor Susie Carpentier was unopposed in Tuesday's election.

















 



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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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