Jones and Soseman vie for Mercer County Board nomination

Originally Posted Online: March 11, 2014, 6:31 pm
Last Updated: March 11, 2014, 9:14 pm
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By Stephen Elliott,

ALEDO -- Two candidates are vying for the Republican nomination to the District 1 county board seat in the Tuesday primary.

Karen R. Jones, 59, of Seaton, said she wants to encourage economic growth in the county. She pledges she will not take any per diem "because serving the people in Mercer County is honor and payment enough."

Ms. Jones said other important issues facing the county are finance and roads and bridges.

"I want to represent the people in District 1 as well as I can," Ms. Jones said. "I have a lot of experience on various committees during my career.

"I have a lot of knowledge of the people that live in Mercer County and have worked with many organizations throughout my experience as a dean of students and guidance counselor."

Jason Soseman, chairman of the county's Republican party, did not return a questionnaire. Last October, Mr. Soseman said Mercer County Republicans are unified for next year's primary and general election.

"I think everybody on every level recognizes that fiscal responsibility is what we have to have," Mr. Soseman said.

The board seat is for a four-year term. Incumbent District 1 board member George Howard is running for Mercer County Sheriff.

The winner of the March 18 primary will face Democratic challenger Randy Anderson on Nov. 4.

Name: Karen R. Jones

Age: 59

Hometown: Seaton

Education: Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Consumer Science, Illinois State University, Normal, Il. Masters in Counseling, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Il.

Occupation: Retired from the Mercer County School District 404 as a guidance counselor

Work experience: 35 years as a teacher, including dean of students for the former Westmer School District, Joy; vocational director, Westmer School District; development education team, Quad-City Vocational Region, Moline, and guidance counselor, Westmer District and Mercer County School District after consolidation.


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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.
1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war.
1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs.
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