Letter: Mayor Welvaert backs Acri for alderman-at-large

Posted Online: April 02, 2013, 2:41 pm
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Local elections are Tuesday. Many voters will be selecting their city council representatives.

In Moline Scott Raes, 3rd Ward alderman and mayor pro-tem, will serve Moline well with 10 years of experience on council. Ald. Dave Parker, Dick Brown, and Kevin Schoonmaker, while unopposed, deserve your vote of confidence to continue the successful work to date.

The alderman-at-large race is contested, however. I appointed Stephanie Acri at-large after the death of Gary Brown. With unanimous approval of the city council, Stephanie quickly grasped the responsibilities of the position. A successful small business owner she understands operation, budgets and the needs of the citizens of Moline.

Difficult times require strong leadership and great problem-solving skills. A member of the 2012 council, Alderman Acri supported a 2013 tax levy equal to 2012. No increase! She voted to keep our fire department EMS while reducing the overall cost of the department.

A proven community leader, Stephanie has served on many local boards and commissions including the Quad Cities Chamber and is past chairman of the Trinity Medical Center Board. Her dedication and determination to move Moline and the greater Quad-Cities area forward is apparent.

She is not a one-issue candidate. Her 20-year residency in Moline and her involvement communitywide is testimony to her love for the city.
Ald. Acri has the proven leadership skills as a successful alderman and throughout the community.

On Tuesday vote for sound leadership. Return Stephanie Acri as alderman-at-large.

Mayor Don Welvaert,


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1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.

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