RI County Board District 25: Williams vs. Westpfahl


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Posted Online: Oct. 20, 2012, 7:58 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Name: Mark Williams
Party: Democrat
Address: Not provided
Age: 52
Education: Some college
Occupation:Illinois Department of Corrections Assistant Warden of Operations.

Which approach to modernizing the County offices do you support: consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?
I believe this is an issue that needs to be looked at more closely. The sheriff has shown concern about moving the courthouse away from the county jail. How are we going to fit the cost into an already weak budget? And how much would it cost to modernize the county building? The people of Rock Island County need to have a voice in this process.

Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day-to-day operations?
I don't believe there is a need to hire an administrator. We have a qualified and dedicated chairman, and we have numerous competent candidates to fill that position in the future.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?
When you reduce the size of the board, it will create a greater ratio between board member and the residents. The board member will have a greater responsibility in reaching out to everyone in their district. District 25 covers a vast area stretching from the Henry County border to the Muscatine bridge. If the district was any larger, it would make it more difficult to reach out to the residents.

What are your goals generally for the county, if you're elected?
The board members need to get the community more involved. I plan on being a voice for the citizens and listening to all points of view. I also will attend township meetings to hear their ideas and issues.The board needs to conduct business in a manner that is transparent and accessible to the citizens.

Name: Bob Westpfahl
Party: Republican
Address: 11306 35th St. West, Milan
Age: 63
Education: High school graduate
Occupation: Farmer
Previous elected office: Bowling Township Trustee, Elected to the Rock Island County Board in 2010

Which approach to modernizing the county offices do you support: consolidation at the Quad Cities Industrial Center, new construction or some other plan?
I think the county should remodel and fix up the old buildings and do what the people in my district tell me.

Should the county hire a professional administrator to oversee day-to-day operations?
No. We don't need another high-priced, under-worked county employee. If the voters elect the most qualified people for the elected offices and the board hires the most qualified people to the appointed jobs and the board keeps the politics out their business and lets them do their job the county will be just fine.

Do you support reducing the size of the county board?
No. I think the rural and outlying areas would lose representation if the board is reduced. They say it will save money but I don't think that's the case. But, if the voters approve reducing the board in the referendum, I would support their decision and work with it.

What are your goals generally for the county, if you're elected?
To keep spending down and try to run the county on more of a people-to-people level.




 












 



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