Several open seats in Hanna Township


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Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 2:37 pm
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There are several races for Hanna Township seats.

Jesse Crouch and Dave Reese are running for the supervisors seat. Robert Porter and Cynthia Wells are vying for the township clerk seat. Robert Gramling and Rick Livesay are squaring off for the road commissioner position.

Six people are running for four seats on the Hanna Township board. They are Dennis Sullivan, Kenny Atwell, C. Everett Swanson, Maxine Loitz, James Frederich and Karen Myhre.

The only ones who returned a candidate's questionnaire to The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus were Mr. Crouch, Mr. Gramling, Mr. Livesay, Mr. Frederich and Ms. Myhre. Not all sent in photos.

NAME: Jesse J. Crouch
AGE: 68
ADDRESS: Geneseo
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Wife, three children
EDUCATION: Graduated UTHS, attended Black Hawk College
POLITICAL PARTY: Independent
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hanna Township supervisor
PRIOR OFFICE: 20 years as Hanna Township supervisor and 14 years on Henry County Board, 10 years as finance committee chairman
WHY RUNNING: I enjoy working with the people of Hanna Township and believe they appreciate good service.
KEY ISSUE: To continue to provide quality service at the lowest possible cost. We have the second lowest tax rate of the 24 townships in Henry County. We need to continue this effort.
COMMENTS: If I accept a job, I will do it to the very best of my ability. This is why I have not missed a Hanna Township meeting in 20 years.

NAME: Karen Myhre
AGE: 67
ADDRESS: Geneseo
OCCUPATION: Retired from East Moline school district -special education
FAMILY: Married, three children
EDUCATION: Black Hawk College
POLITICAL PARTY: Independent
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hanna Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None
WHY RUNNING: To offer my services to Hanna Township Board making sure a balanced budget is kept.

NAME: Rick Livesay
AGE: 49
ADDRESS: Geneseo
OCCUPATION: Farmer
FAMILY: Daughter Emilee Livesay
EDUCATION: Graduated high school, associate degree in ag production
POLITICAL PARTY: Independent
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hanna Township road commissioner
PRIOR OFFICES: Ten years on Henry County Board, 2 1/2 years Henry County highway chairman
WHY RUNNING: Give the voters a choice and fresh perspective. As lifetime resident, I am committed to this community. I will work toward new improvements to the Hanna Township district. My four years experience with Illinois Department of Transportation is a asset for this position.
KEY ISSUE: Stop the nepotism in Hanna Township. I believe in transparent hiring to qualified individuals and eliminating wasteful spending. Improvements to right-of- way drainage, driveway entrances and culverts will be a priority.
I will be a more approachable road commissioner to work with. With your vote I will lead us down the road to efficiency.


NAME: Robert Gramling
AGE: None listed
ADDRESS: Geneseo
OCCUPATION: Retired
FAMILY: Wife, two children, six grandchildren
EDUCATION: High school
POLITICAL PARTY: None listed
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hanna Township highway commissioner
PRIOR OFFICE: None listed
WHY RUNNING: Being retired, I have time to devote to the job. I want to continue to improve the roads in the township.
KEY ISSUE: With the ever rising cost of supplies such as gravel, asphalt, fuel and equipment, it is a challenge to keep the roads in good repair and free of snow, while maintaining our low tax rate.
COMMENTS: I want to continue to put my 20 years of experience to work for the people of Hanna Township. Also, I enjoy the job and meeting the people.

NAME: James E. Frederich
AGE: 62
ADDRESS: Geneseo
OCCUPATION: State Farm Insurance agent
FAMILY: Wife Pam, two children, three grandchildren
EDUCATION: Illinois State University
POLITICAL PARTY: Republican
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hanna Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: None
WHY RUNNING: I would like to assist in maintaining and improving our township roads and help facilitate making sure the taxpayers funds are handled properly in our budget.
KEY ISSUE: Weather and the high cost of road maintenance have put a strain on our township roads and our budget. I feel we need to make improvements as needed while keeping within our budget.



















 



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