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.
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."