ANDALUSIA — Voters in Andalusia have but one contest to decide when they go to the polls April 9.
Mayor Curtis Morrow, who has held the job for eight years is being challenged by Pamela Einfeldt, who is retired from the Rock Island Arsenal, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Both candidates see a need to improve village infrastructure.
There are four seats open on the village board, but no contests.
Alma Betts is the lone candidate for an unexpired two-year term. Gary Kolls, Ray Stropes and James Killan are the three candidates running for three open four-year terms.
NAME: Curtis Morrow AGE: 75 ADDRESS: Andalusia OCCUPATION: Retired FAMILY: Wife and three children EDUCATION: Some college POLITICAL PARTY: Non-partisan OFFICE SOUGHT: Mayor of Andalusia PRIOR OFFICE: Eight years as mayor and eight years on village board WHY RUNNING: To improve the village. We need new business to come. The village employees do a fine job, and I want to keep them. KEY ISSUE: I want to continue to upgrade our infrastructure. A state-mandated sewer lagoon upgrade will be completed this fall at a cost of $500,000. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency wants the village to move the water-pumping station and well out of the floodplain. I hope this can be started in three years.
NAME: Pamela J. Einfeldt AGE: 65 ADDRESS: Andalusia OCCUPATION: Retired administrative assistant, Rock Island Arsenal FAMILY: Son, Roger Hutt; 3 grandchildren, Raeann, Stephanie and Nicholas; 4 great-grandchildren EDUCATION: Graduated Rockridge High School, some college courses POLITICAL PARTY: Non-partisan OFFICE SOUGHT: Andalusia village president PRIOR OFFICE: Andalusia village board trustee WHY RUNNING: I would like to see our community improve our 'main street' image to attract more businesses and residents. Community involvement/input should be a high priority. KEY ISSUE: I believe we need to establish our long term goals and become a more pro-active government. Maintain and improve our village infrastructure to accommodate new growth. Provide our Public Works employees with training and constructive guidance to improve their skills.
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.