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 Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army. 1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square. 1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.