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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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  Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today.
1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass.
1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links.
1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned.
1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today.
1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.






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