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 Monday, March 10, the 69th day of 2014. There are 296 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Numerous counterfeiters are around, taking advantage of the influx of currency to pass their worthless trash. 1889 -- 125 years ago: J.J. Reimers, secretary and treasurer of the Rock Island Lumber and Manufacturing Co., on behalf of that firm, contributed $500 toward construction of a new Methodist church. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Samuel Ryerson, county recorder, was re-elected president of the 19th District of Knights of Pythias. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Three condemnation suits have been filed by the city of Rock Island to acquire property needed for an approach to the Rock Island-Davenport bridge, which has been under construction since March 6. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Plans for an eight-story Sheraton Inn in downtown Rock Island were announced today at a luncheon meeting at the Gay Nineties sponsored by the Rock Island Chamber of Commerce. Cost of the structure is estimated at $2.5 million. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Representatives of the Hardee's Golf Classic and tournament sponsor Hardee's Food Systems may meet next week with PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman to discuss a possible change in the tournament dates.