EAST MOLINE - Two candidates are running for the Democrat nomination in Rock Island County Board District 5.|
Incumbent Democrat Virgil Dueysen is not seeking re-election, and no Republican has filed to run. The two Democrats running in Tuesday's primary are Larry Burns and Paris Fotos.
District 5 is in East Moline and is bounded by 19th and 11th streets to the east and 7th and 4th streets to the west. The northern edge of the district runs along 24th and 13th avenues and the district runs south over Short Hills Country Club to Avenue of the Cities.
Mr. Fotos is an equipment technician with the Illinois Department of Transportation, where he has worked for nine years.
"I just really want to see if I can get in there and make a difference," he said.
Mr. Burns said he decided to run after learning that Mr. Dueysen had decided to step down from the board. He worked at John Deere Harvester Works for 35 years before retiring and has lived in District 5 for 60 years.
Mr. Burns identified the ongoing financial problems at the county-owned Hope Creek Care Center as the biggest problem facing the county board.
"I hope I can help to find some solutions to these pressing problems," Mr. Burns said.
The Rock Island County Board has 25 members, and 13 of those seats are up for election this year.
District 5 is the only contested county board primary on Tuesday's ballot. Board members are paid a salary of $2,400 plus $100 for each meeting attended.
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