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
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.