Mercer County Democrat Treasurer Candidates

Originally Posted Online: March 09, 2014, 12:00 am
Last Updated: March 09, 2014, 10:19 am
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By Shawna Pearson

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.

Top priorities:

-- 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

Hometown: Aledo

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


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1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment.
1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan.
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