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 Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.