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 Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year. 1863 — 150 years ago: The message of Abraham Lincoln, read in congress yesterday, is published in full in our paper today, with a new proclamation relating the terms upon which states can return to the union. 1888 — 125 years ago: An appropriation has been made by congress for the improvement of the upper Mississippi River with $200,000 set aside for the portion of the river between Keokuk and the mouth of the Illinois River. 1913 — 100 years ago: Work of remodeling First Swedish Lutheran Church at 4th Avenue and 14th Street was nearly completed. 1938 — 75 years ago: An unexplained outbreak of tularemia (rabbit fever) in the state has Illinois public health officials puzzled. Ten persons have died, and 243 are officially reported ill with the infection. 1963 — 50 years ago: A dramatic, multi-million dollar riverfront improvement project for the downtown area of Rock Island was unveiled at a meeting of 200 civic leaders at noon today. 1988 — 25 years ago: For several supporters of the Dispatch Goodfellow/Argus Santa program their donation is a year long project. Emma Pugh and Anne Persinger spent a good part of their spare time this year knitting forty pairs of mittens and slippers.