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Newcomers Thoms, Terry seek District 21 seat


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Posted Online: Oct. 16, 2012, 6:10 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Name: Mike Thoms

Party: Republican

Address: 4205 14th St., Rock Island

Age: 54

Education: Attended Black Hawk College

Occupation: Retired

Previous elected office: None



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



First step should be to thoroughly investigate renovation of the current county administration office, along with modification to the current jail andcourtrooms.Second step would be to thoroughly investigate building a new building downtown close to, if not next to, the current jail and courtrooms.



Should the county hire a professional administrator?



Yes. County board membersare elected to develop policies and long-term planning, not implementing themor running the day-to-day business. We need someone to be there to work withthe employees every day. The administrator and/or manager of a departmentshould be handling the hiring and reviews of employees, not the committees andboard members.



Do you support reducing the size of the county board?



Yes. If you add up the stipend, (both for the board seat and committee), healthcare, retirement, and miscellaneous expenses, reducing the board will save thecounty a substantial about of money and also make the board more effective ingetting things done.



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



Create more private sector jobs, reduce the board size, cut expenses,transparency and open discussions with the public and hiring a professional countyadministrator, without increasing taxes.



Name: Scott Terry

Party: Democrat

Address: 812 E. 2nd Ave., Milan

Age: 27

Education: University of Iowa, B.A., political science;Black Hawk College, A.A., political science

Previous elected office: None



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



At this time, I do not support a move of county offices to the QCIC. There are toomany unanswered questions. I believe that there needs to be further study on the variousexisting proposals before any decision is made. It's critical that this review be conductedby unbiased persons and in a manner that is transparent to the taxpayers.



Should the county hire a professional administrator?



I believe this topic merits further discussion and I am not completely opposed to it.However, I do not favor a drastic cut in board members, who are elected by and directlyaccountable to the voters, simply to replace them with an administrator who would beneither. I'm also concerned about the potential financial burden on taxpayers that asalary of an administrator and staff could bring.



Do you support reducing the size of the county board?



I've knocked on hundreds of doors throughout District 21 and I can tell you that mostfolks feel that the board is too cumbersome. The voters recognize the need for a diverseboard but believe this can and should be accomplished with less than 25 members and Iagree.



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



Bring the county board back to the taxpayers of District 21. It's their board and theydeserve a representative who will listen and learn from them. I will create a newsletterto keep constituents informed. I will host town hall meetings throughoutthe district so that I can gain input from my constituents.




















 




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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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