Camlin, Long face off in District 15

Posted Online: Oct. 10, 2012, 7:42 pm
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By Eric Timmons,
Name: Nick Camlin

Party: Democrat

Address: 2320 37th St. #1, Rock Island

Age: 25

Education: Rock Island High School; Augustana College, political science (cum laude)

Occupation: Lights On For Learning coordinator at Washington Junior High School

Previous elected office: Rock Island County Board since 2010, 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?

It's clear that something needs to be done with our facilities, but before we do anything we need to have the financing of a project in order. I propose a public/private infrastructure bank, modeled on a program that already exists in the state, to fund the rehab of the courthouse and an updated administration building. Investments would be paid back using savings from the efficiencies built into the facilities.

Should the county hire a professional administrator?

While the county should always explore best practices for administration, I think an alternative to a possibly expensive administrator might be an independent office in charge of research and fact checking, much like the Congressional Budget Office, while the governing is left to those elected by the people.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

We should do everything we can to make the county run more efficiently and effectively. Government at all levels should be inclusive. Any efforts to make it more exclusive under the assumption that it would reduce costs should be met with skepticism. I am open to considering any change that can be proven to be cost-effective.

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

My sights are set on moving this county forward through economic development, smart government, and a high standard of living. In the 2020 Census I want to see the county's population gain thousands and thousands of new residents because of our efforts in the years to come.

Bill Long

Party: Republican

Address: 4049 25th Ave, Rock Island

Age: 74

Education: High school graduate

Occupation: Retired from John Deere

Previous elected office: Republican precinct committeeman

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

This decision would have to be based on cost and financing. My basic preference would be to stay downtown and remodel the current facilities. I would favor a plan that would consider the need for a city jail, to share costs, and use of the church property across the street from the current county buildings.

Should the county hire a professional administrator?

A professional administrator should be considered. This would help eliminate favoritism and bias in decisions. The cost would be comparable to what we currently pay the chairman.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?

I support reducing the size of the board, and will follow the choice of what people say when they vote in the referendum. This would be cost effective and could be designed to maintain a balanced representation. Currently, it appears that six to eight core board members make the majority of the decisions in the chairman's office prior to meetings, and the others agree.

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

My goals will be a balanced budget, give the voters opportunity for input, review board members' benefits, honor the Open Meetings Act, improve transparency, eliminate nepotism and favoritism while representing the best interest of the people of District 15 and the county.



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1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir.
1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.

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