Two seek Democrat nod in District 5 county board race

Posted Online: March 14, 2014, 8:15 pm
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By Eric Timmons,
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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  Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.

1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States.
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.
1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.

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