Voters in Coe Township, in the northeast end of Rock Island County, will decide contests for clerk, road commissioner and all four open trustee slots when they go to the polls April 9.
Democrat Steve Simpson is unopposed for supervisor, and Republican Ann Tague is unopposed for assessor.
Following is information on the contested races.
NAME: Brenna Francisko ADDRESS: Cordova AGE: 40 OCCUPATION: Chief operating officer of Eastern Iowa Grain Inspection & Weighing Services Inc. FAMILY: Husband Steve, son Dylan EDUCATION: Graduated from Western Illinois University POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township clerk PRIOR OFFICE(S): Have been Coe Township clerk for the last nine years WHY RUNNING: To ensure Coe Township meets the needs of the residents by utilizing my expertise in finance, budgets and business practices.
Republican Bev Hansen did not return the questionnaire.
Road Commissioner Candidates
NAME: Greg Lohman AGE: 43 ADDRESS: Port Byron OCCUPATION: Farmer FAMILY: Married, three sons EDUCATION: Associate degree POLITICAL PARTY: Republican OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township road commissioner PRIOR OFFICE: None WHY RUNNING: I believe I could do a better job keeping the roads safe and in good condition for the people. KEY ISSUE: Trying to keep the roads maintained and improve them with the budget we have.
NAME: Rick Mitton ADDRESS: Hillsdale AGE: 60 OCCUPATION: Retired FAMILY: Wife Diana, three grown children. EDUCATION: Graduated from Riverdale High School. POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township road commissioner PRIOR OFFICE: Current Hillsdale Fire Department trustee COMMENTS: I have been a lifelong resident of Coe Township. For 35 years I served as a volunteer on the Hillsdale Fire Department, 17 as fire chief. Since retiring I have worked for the Coe Township Road and Bridge Department and am very knowledgeable of the conditions of the roads and bridges, being aware of the necessary maintenance required. Because of that involvement and being retired I decided I could devote more time serving the township.
NAME: Paul Riewerts AGE:61 ADDRESS: Port Byron OCCUPATION: Retired design engineer from John Deere Product Development. Working part time on contract. FAMILY: Married with two grown and married daughters EDUCATION: 1970 graduate of Riverdale High school and 1975 graduate from University of Illinois College Engineering POLITICAL PARTY: Republican OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township Trustee PRIOR OFFICE: No prior political office WHY RUNNING: To help set priorities, oversee tax dollars are wisely spent, budget, and maintenance of roads and cemeteries COMMENTS: I have past experience with setting priorities, developing budgets and maintaining spending accountability for both large and small organizations.
NAME: Betsey Morthland AGE: 52 ADDRESS: Cordova OCCUPATION: Dean of Health Sciences, Black Hawk College FAMILY: Husband, Rich; daughters Eliza and Bethany. EDUCATION: BES, St Ambrose University; MS, Western Illinois University; PhD candidate, Trident University POLITICAL PARTY: Republican OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township Trustee PRIOR OFFICE: Coe Township Precinct Committeeman WHY RUNNING: I care deeply about the quality of life that the residents of Coe Township enjoy and will do my best to help maintain it through careful decision making and fiscal responsibility. As a trustee, I will make myself available to the residents of the township and will do my best to represent their needs and concerns. KEY ISSUE: I will advocate for careful use of our tax dollars and other resources, primarily in the area of road maintenance.
NAME: Wayne "Brink" Brinkmeier AGE: 75 ADDRESS: Port Byron OCCUPATION: Real estate agent FAMILY: Wife Salley, two sons and two daughters, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, advanced studies POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee PRIOR OFFICE: Coe Township trustee WHY RUNNING: I feel it is important for people to be involved and I have served one term as trustee. We have some important issues in the near future. It is my hope to help overcome these issues. KEY ISSUE: The biggest issue we face in coming years are roads in our township. Everyone wants decent roads. We are facing the money issue which many people also will be facing. The cost to maintain our roads has increased more than our income. This must be addressed and dealt with.
NAME: Mashell Tague ADDRESS: Port Byron OCCUPATION: Assistant controller, BankORION FAMILY: Husband Larry, two grown children. EDUCATION: Graduated North Scott High School, BAI School of Banking, Wis. POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee PRIOR OFFICE: Coe Township trustee from 2005 to 2009 COMMENT: I feel it's important to be involved in the community I live in. Being a township trustee would give me an opportunity to be of service to my neighbors and friends. My background in financial and operational controls will provide some insight for dealing with the rising costs and limited budget the township has to deal with.
NAME: Michael O'Hara ADDRESS: Port Byron AGE: 61 OCCUPATION: Outside supervisor for Hillsdale Elevator Company FAMILY: Wife Diana, three grown children. EDUCATION: Graduated from Riverdale High School. POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee PRIOR OFFICE: Zuma Township trustee for eight years COMMENT: I grew up in Coe Township, lived in the area all my life and moved back to the family farm in 2012.1 was raised on the farm, have farmed, and my employment is in an agricultural business. I'm willing to serve the community and believe I can bring a farming viewpoint to the township board.
NAME: Gary Orr ADDRESS: Port Byron AGE: 64 OCCUPATION: Retired FAMILY: Wife Kathie, two grown children. EDUCATION:Graduated from Riverdale High School and Western Illinois University. POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat OFFICE SOUGHT: Coe Township trustee PRIOR OFFICE:None COMMENT: I was a former Riverdale elementary principal and have been a resident of Coe Township for over 30 years. All my interest has been in the school and community. In retirement, I am a substitute bus driver for the Riverdale School District, and wanting to do more in the community, decided to seek a position on the Coe Township board.
Republicans Mark Kruckenberg and Bruce Ingram did not return the questionnaire.
Today is Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.