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 Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: After Sept. 1, every small box of matches will be required to have a 3 cent duty Lincoln stamp on it, and every large box will be one cent for every 100 matches. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Rock Island residents had contributed a total of $1,293 to the American Red Cross for the Johnstown flood relief fund. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Capt. Clark Means, new darkhorse twirler for the ARGUS staff, was in great form in his initial contest as a mound laborer. The result was that THE ARGUS trimmed the Union 6-5. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Hunter and Humprey Moody, young Decatur, Ill, brothers, lack only a few hours of establishing a new world light plane endurance record. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Gates of the 110th annual Mercer County Fair swing open tonight at Aledo for a full week of day and night activity. More that $36,000 will be paid in premiums and race purses. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The baseball field carved out of the cornfield near Dyersville, Iowa, continues to keep dreams alive for hundreds of visitors. Tourists from 26 state and France have visited Dan Lansing's farm to see the baseball diamond seen in the hit movie "Field of Dreams."