My name is Shawna Pearson and I am running for Mercer County treasurer. I decided to put my bid in when I first learned about the allegations of misappropriation of funds in our treasurer's office. I know change can be hard, but sometimes we continue to do things because that's the way it has always been done. I believe the treasurer office is in desperate need of change, and if elected, I can bring a fresh set of eyes and a new perspective.
I was raised in this community and I love living and working here. I have a strong work ethic that was instilled by my parents, Sue Pearson, who retired from Mercer County Hospital after 27 years of service, and my late father, Michael Pearson, who was a member of our local VFW and worked as an accountant for Tempo Marine.
With my past work experience and education, I am a strong candidate for the Treasurer's office. I graduated from Western Illinois University with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in finance. Some of my studies included Financial and Managerial Accounting, Financial Institutions, Managerial Economics, Micro and Macro Economics and Computer Systems.
I have eight years of banking experience with balancing, auditing and researching accounts, daily banking transactions, nightly checks and conforming to BSA and FDIC requirements. I have learned what is necessary for a check and balance system and how to always back up and account for everything being done.
I have six years at General Grind and Machine with experience as an account manager and with human resources. Both positions require extreme attention to detail, organization, multitasking, strong communication skills and require handling of confidential, date-sensitive material.
Please vote for me on March 18th for change this county needs.
-- Improving our current auditing system and increasing the transparency on our financial accounts.
-- I would also love to set up a grant committee to research possible grants or incentive packages for our local communities, groups, outreach programs, local townships, agriculture, roads or education.
Name: Shawna Pearson
Occupation: human resources, eight years of banking experience, six years at General Grind & Machine.
Politiical experience: First-time candidate
Education: Bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University
Today is Monday, Oct. 20, the 293rd day of 2014. There are 72 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The store of Devoe and Crampton was entered and robbed of about $500 worth of gold pens and pocket cutlery last night. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Michael Malloy was named president of the Tri-City Stone Cutters Union. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dewitte C. Poole, former Moline newspaperman serving as vice consul general for the United States government in Paris, declared in a letter to friends that the once gay Paris is a city of sadness and desolation. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans for the construction of an $80,000 wholesale bakery at 2011 4th Ave. were announced by Harry and Nick Coin, of Rock Island. It is to be known as the Banquet Bakery. 1964 -- 50 years ago: An application has been filed for a state permit to organize a savings and loan association in Moline, it was announced. The applicants are Ben Butterworth, A.B. Lundahl, C. Richard Evans, John Harris, George Crampton and William Getz, all of Moline, Charles Roberts, Rock Island, and Charles Johnson, of Hampton. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Indian summer is quickly disappearing as temperatures slide into the 40s and 50s this week. Last week, highs were in the 80s.