Diaz-Shirk wants to 'help people' as new South RI Township supervisor


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Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 10:30 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
Democrat Grace Diaz-Shirk defeated incumbent Republican John Bauersfeld in Tuesday's South Rock Island Township supervisor election.

With all precincts reporting, Ms. Diaz-Shirk, a retired teacher, had 52 percent of the vote to Mr. Bauersfeld's 47 percent.

"I'm not going to take a pension, and I'm not going to take insurance," she said. "I'm there to help people."

Ms. Diaz-Shirk said she wanted to see the township work more closely with other units of local government and start new programs for youth and veterans.

Mr. Bauersfeld had served as the township's supervisor for eight years. He said he had worked hard to win and had been confident of victory before the results were announced.

"I think she should continue the stable ship that I've developed," Mr. Baursfeld said of his opponent.

Eight candidates ran for four trustee slots on the township's board.

Newcomer Kim Shuda, a Republican, was elected, with incumbent Democrat Kaye Whitley losing out. Incumbent Democrats Mark Parr andFrank Skafidas and incumbent Republican Louie Alongi all were reelected.

For township clerk, Democrat Nick Camlin prevailed over incumbent Republican Don Sharp, taking 52 percent of the vote to his opponent's tally of 47 percent. Mr. Camlin also is a member of the Rock Island County Board.

Republican assessor Susie Carpentier was unopposed in Tuesday's election.

















 



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1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis.
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