Mercer County Republican Sheriff candidates

Originally Posted Online: March 09, 2014, 11:00 pm
Last Updated: March 11, 2014, 12:42 pm
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By George J. Howard

I will put 33-plus years of public service experience, training and education to work for the citizens of Mercer County.

That experience includes:

--22 years U.S. Army (retired) sergeant major.
-- Decorated combat veteran.
-- Seven years police officer in Mercer County.
-- Current member of the Mercer County Board representing District, chairing the Law Enforcement Committee and serving on five other county board committees.

My highest priority is to keep the peace and protect all citizens and visitors of this county. Under my guidance, the men and women of the sheriff's department will diligently investigate and bring to justice those criminals who threaten the safety of our homes, schools and families.

There will be special protection emphasis for children and our senior citizens. Our children are our future and must be protected and nurtured to assume all of our community leadership roles. Our senior citizens are our greatest generation. If we listen, they can provide us with a unique opportunity to learn from their life experiences. They should be included in all of our crime prevention decisions.

Top Priorities:

-- Provide fair, impartial and effective law enforcement for all residents and visitors of the county.

-- Efficiently manage taxpayer money to ensure the most law enforcement effort for every tax dollar. We must learn to do more with less.

-- Be accountable to Mercer County Board and taxpayers for all Sheriff Department activities.

Name: George J. Howard

Hometown: Aledo

Occupation: US Army, retired after 22 years US Army (retired) sergeant major; and decorated combat veteran. Seven years as police officer in Mercer County

Political experience: Member of the Mercer County Board representing District 1, chair of the Law Enforcement Committee and serves on five other county board committees


Local events heading

  Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men.
1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78.
1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.

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