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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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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