Seven candidates running for four seats on Port Byron Township Board


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Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 7:55 am
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Seven people are running for four seats on the Port Byron Township Board. They are William H. Gilbert, Don Frits, Courtland Pieper, E. Darlene Allen, Carol Morris, Gerry Meade and Craig Hollister.

All but Mr. Hollister returned their candidate questionnaires to The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus. Not all candidates submitted a picture.

NAME: William H. Gilbert
AGE: 79
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Daughter Sue and son Jim
EDUCATION: High school
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: Port Byron Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Incumbent township trustee


NAME: Donald H. Frits
AGE: 82
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Wife with four children
EDUCATION: Graduated Port Byron High School; two years at Western Illinois University; apprenticeship in tool design, International Harvester
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: Port Byron Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None listed
WHY RUNNING: To help improve the lifestyle of township residents.


NAME: Courtland R. Pieper
AGE: 72
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Wife, Darlene Allen
EDUCATION: High school and trade school
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: Port Byron Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: 4 1/2 years township trustee, village board
WHY RUNNING: To keep spending in check
KEY ISSUE: None at this time


NAME: E. Darlene Allen
AGE: 65
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Husband, Courtland Pieper
EDUCATION: Graduated high school
POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT: Port Byron Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None listed
KEY ISSUE: None at this time

NAME: Carol Morris
AGE: Not listed
ADDRESS: Port Byron, IL
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Married
EDUCATION: Graduated University of Chicago, graduate programs Art Institute of Chicago and Illinois Institute of Technology
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: Port Byron Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None
WHY RUNNING: To provide the voters of Port Byron Township an alternative by working with others throughout Illinois to enable voters to eliminate township government by referendum.
KEY ISSUE: In many areas of Illinois, including Port Byron Township, township government is unnecessary. Currently, one third of Illinois and all of Iowa survive without it.
We Republicans pledge to join Illinois civic groups, media and bipartisan efforts to increase efficiency by having township responsibilities assumed by county government after a referendum.
COMMENTS: In addition to working to streamline Illinois government, Republicans also pledge to fulfill our statutory responsibilities as economically as possible with a common sense approach to fiscal conservatism.


NAME: Gerry Meade
AGE: 73
ADDRESS: Port Byron
OCCUPATION: Vice president, L&M Steel Services
FAMILY: Married, two children
EDUCATION: Graduated University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire). Certified Purchasing Manager
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: Port Byron Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE(S): Current chairman Port Byron Planning & Zoning Commission, village board trustee
WHY RUNNING: To provide voters in Port Byron Township a clear alternative by pledging to work with others throughout Illinois towards enabling voters to eliminate redundant township government.
KEY ISSUE: In many areas of Illinois, including Port Byron, township government is unnecessary. Currently, one third of Illinois and all of Iowa survive without it. Republicans pledge to join Illinois civic groups, media and bipartisan efforts to increase efficiency by allowing voters to transfer township responsibilities to county government by referendum.
COMMENTS: I also pledge to fulfill our statutory responsibilities with a common sense approach to fiscal conservatism. Republican trustees will work together to eliminate budget items that are not required by Illinois law



















 




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