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, selliott@qconline.com

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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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.

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