5 candidates running for 3 open seats for Hampton Village Board

Originally Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 11:58 pm
Last Updated: April 05, 2013, 12:06 am
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Following are profiles of four of the five people seeking three open seats on the Hampton village board in Tuesday's election. One candidate, Richard Vershaw, did not return a questionnaire.

Profiles of mayoral candidates Kevin Irby and Skip McLaughlin appeared in Thursday's editions of The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus. They also can be read on Quad-Cities Online, at qconline.com/elections.

NAME: James Garrison
AGE: 68
ADDRESS: Hampton
OCCUPATION: Retired from Case IH
FAMILY: Wife Marcia, two daughters, six grandchildren.
EDUCATION: Graduate of Alleman high school, attended Blackhawk College .
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hampton village trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: During my tenure as trustee, I have served in the following ways — currently chairman of Public Safety Committee, member of Finance and Ordinance Committee and past Zoning Board member.
WHY RUNNING: I am running to continue the progress that has been made in Hampton over the years. As trustee, I have been active in our village's growth from housing to commercial development, and wish to continue the quality of life in Hampton for our residents.
KEY ISSUE: My key issue is to keep taxes low, while preserving the same level of quality services provided in our small town, such as police, fire and public works. It is imperative to maintain a balanced budget while addressing the infrastructure needs of the village, such as aging streets, water and sewer systems. Our village should continue to embrace economic development while pursuing other resources to help keep taxes low.

NAME: Sam Colburn
AGE: 45
ADDRESS: Hampton
OCCUPATION: Customer service manager Phelps the Uniform Specialists, part-time police officer in Hampton
FAMILY: Wife Jennifer, four children
EDUCATION: United Township High School, Illinois State Police Academy Corrections and Law
Enforcement Certified
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hampton village trustee
WHY RUNNING: I am running for office because I genuinely care about community and the people that live in Hampton I hope to be able to share my ideas and offer a fresh perspective to the
board. I hope to effect positive change by offering ideas of spending less while lowering taxes.
KEY ISSUES: I believe the issues of taxation, annexation, streets and preventative maintenance, and cleanup and zoning violations are forefront.

NAME: Kevin Hamilton
AGE: 40
ADDRESS: Hampton
OCCUPATION: Firefighter for the city of Moline
FAMILY: Wife and two children
EDUCATION: Kaiser High School in Honolulu, Hawaii and Trinity College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Rock Island
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hampton village trustee
WHY RUNNING: Running for office is something I have wanted to do for some time and felt it is the right time to run.
KEY ISSUE: I love where I live and I want my family to live and grow in a safe and thriving community. If I can contribute to the success and prosperity of Hampton then I feel I have served the village and those who live here.

NAME: Tony Earl       
AGE: 42
ADDRESS: Hampton
OCCUPATION: Insurance consultant
FAMILY: Wife, Tracey; sons Zachary and Tanner; and daughter, Tess
EDUCATION: Aledo High School, Scott Community College, Black Hawk College
OFFICE SOUGHT: Hampton village trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Current trustee
WHY RUNNING: To continue to offer all citizens of Hampton the opportunity to be heard
KEY ISSUE: We need to utilize the tax dollars effectively.
COMMENTS: We, as a board, need to focus on maintaining our village streets, infrastructure and parks in a proactive manner that will help our town for years to come.


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