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 . POLITICAL PARTY: Independent. 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 POLITICAL PARTY: Democrat 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 POLITICAL PARTY: Independent OFFICE SOUGHT: Hampton village trustee PRIOR OFFICE: None 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 POLITICAL PARTY: Independent 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.
Today is Friday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2013. There are 25 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: The street crossings on Washington and Jefferson are to be taken up immediately and underlaid with sand to raise above the level of the roadway before it freezes. 1888 -- 125 years ago: J.O. Bean, father of W.H. Bean, grocer, was accidentally thrown from his wagon near the Rock Island bridge on the Arsenal and received severe cuts and bruises on his face and body. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Sgt. Birger F. Westergard, of the United States Marine Corps, has arrived in Rock Island to take charge of the local recruiting office. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Five cases of diphtheria at Lincoln School prompt the city physician, Dr. Edward DeSilva, to urge parents to have their children immunized, as he fears epidemic. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Rock Island Arsenal will have its own newspaper with the first edition scheduled to be published Friday, Dec. 13. The paper, which will carry advertising, will be published by Bawden Bros. Inc. of Davenport. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The New Year should ring a better Quad-Cities economy, according to a survey of people in business made by First National Bank of Moline. "Based on our survey, we see a bright outlook for 1989," said Richard M. Bishop, the bank's president.