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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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
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1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.


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