District 13 pits Cox against Brunk


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Posted Online: Oct. 08, 2012, 10:47 pm
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Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Name: David Cox

Party: Republican

Address: 1002 12th Ave., Moline

Age: 58

Education: Graduated Black Hawk College 1974

Occuption: Freed Heating and Air

Previous elected office: None

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



If additions need to be made there is land around the existing buildings. Across the street is an empty building, By using this option it will not only help the area but preserve existing businesses.

Should the county hire a professional administrator?

An administrator would help eliminate politics in some items that come to the board such as the building issue. His or her contract would have to be closely looked at.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

Reducing the size of the board is a must but 15 is a good starting point. Currently board members vote on items without knowing the complete details. A smaller board would mean each member would need more knowledge of each department. A small board with an administrator would be best.

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

In the past 30 years the county has lost residents and good jobs are being replaced by low wage jobs but at the same time government has grown and taxes go up every year. I's time to reverse that trend. The board needs to take an active role in bringing in business and jobs. We have lost a tremendous amount but it's not to late to turn it around.

Name: Richard H. "Quijas" Brunk

Party: Democrat

Address: 1527 11th Ave., Moline

Age: 39

Education: Graduate Moline High School, attended Black Hawk College

Occupation: Production worker

Previous elected office: Democratic precinct committeeman

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



I would favor staying in close proximity to the jail and Justice Center, downtown. I do however, feel that all options should be looked at thoroughly, so the board can make a well-informed decision based on specific information.

Should the county hire a professional administrator?

I don't believe the county needs a professional administrator. Our full-time board chair, who serves in the capacity of administrator, is directly answerable not only to the full board, but to the electorate. I feel this is the best option at the lowest cost.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

I would only support considering such options if the citizens would continue to receive fair and equal representation, at a cost savings. The current option being presented would not ensure fair and equal representation and according to information available from various counties, it would actually increase costs to taxpayers.

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

I want to help ensure that the best possible, well informed, financially responsible decisions are being made, in order to provide a quality of life second to none, for all generations in Rock Island County.






 












 



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  Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.








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