Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 10:04 am

Several seats open in South Rock Island Township

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Kim Shuda, South Rock Island Township
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Kaye Whitley, South Rock Island Township
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Nick Camlin
Several seats are open in South Rock Island Township. Democrat Grace Diaz-Shirk and Republican John Bauersfeld are seeking the supervisor's seat.

Democrat Nick Camlin and Republican Don Sharp are vying for the township clerk's seat, while eight people are running for four seats on the township board. They are Democrats Mark Parr Jr., Michael Thomas Kelly, Frank G. Skafidas and Kaye J. Whitley, and Republicans Louie Alongi, Cathy Mason, Chuck Mumma and Kim Shuda.

Ms. Diaz-Shirk, Mr. Camlin, Mr. Sharp, Mr. Parr, Ms. Whitley and Ms. Shuda were the only ones to return a candidate's questionnaire to The Dispatch/Rock Island Argus.

NAME:Grace Diaz Shirk
AGE: 56
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION:Retired teacher
FAMILY:Husband Jerry; children: Christina, Jeremy and Jason; four grandchildren and one on the way.
EDUCATION:Rock Island High School; Augustana, master's degree Western Illinois UniversityPOLITICAL PARTY:Democrat
OFFICE SOUGHT:South Rock Island Township supervisor
PRIOR OFFICE(S):South Rock Island Township trustee, Rock Island alderman
WHY RUNNING:It is important to me to serve and to provide assistance to those in need. I would like to continue in these efforts.
KEY ISSUES: 1. Hold the line on taxes and maintain a commitment to fiscal responsibility, 2. maintain quality services to the elderly, the youth, the unemployed, the poor and the disabled; 3. To improve cooperation with other townships, and other governmental agencies to enable us to provide the best services possible to our township residents.
COMMENTS:I believe in making a difference through community involvement. I believe in my role as township supervisor I will be able to make a difference and bring the experience necessary to meet the needs of all of our citizens.

NAME:Kim Shuda
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Chiropractor
EDUCATION: Graduated Palmer College of Chiropractic
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee
WHY RUNNING: Along with a strong passion to serve my community, I am capable of bringing fresh and positive perspectives while serving with honesty and integrity.
KEY ISSUE: Since 1993, I have operated my own chiropractic practice in Rock Island. I believe that serving people while remaining financially responsible go hand in hand. I am a team player and will work diligently to see that township funds are used in the most effective and efficient manner.
COMMENTS: Our Republican team is poised to serve the needs of South Rock Island Township with new energy and enthusiasm. We would appreciate your vote on April 9. Thank you for your support.

NAME: Don Sharp
AGE: 74
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: South Rock Island Township clerk
FAMILY: Wife Dorothy, 4 children, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren
EDUCATION: Beloit College and Midwestern Broadcasting School
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township clerk
PRIOR OFFICES: Two years township trustee, eight years as township clerk
WHY RUNNING: Would like to use my experience as clerk to keep everything running smoothly with both parties co-operating, something we don't see a lot of currently.
KEY ISSUE: It's always fiscal responsibility, which means keeping taxes in check. However, we also have to keep providing services to the many people who need help. It is sometimes a tough balancing act, but one that we work hard at accomplishing.

NAME: Kaye Whitley
AGE: 45
ADDRESS: Rock Island
OCCUPATION: Community development program manager for city of Moline
FAMILY: Son Kevin Serrano and daughter-in-law Shamane, grandchildren Layla and Ava
EDUCATION: Black Hawk College
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township trustee
PRIOR OFFICE: Currently a trustee
WHY RUNNING: Because I care. As a trustee, I want to continue to do what's best for our residents by enhancing local services and maintaining fiscal responsibility.
1. Maintaining a conservative fiscal township budget – no raises for elected officers
2. Maintaining township services and programs for all residents (emergency situations, senior and youth development programs, etc.)
3. Fair property tax assessments
4. Marketing of township-available services and responsibilities
COMMENTS:As the economy and community composition changes, available community programs may need to be altered or redefined. The township trustees have demonstrated we are doing more with less through our emphasis on community services and programs, while continuing to put the needs of people first over raises for elected officers.

NAME: Nick Camlin
AGE: 25
ADDRESS:Rock Island,
OCCUPATION: Lights On For Learning grant coordinator at Washington Jr. High, Rock Island
FAMILY: Single
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree, Augustana College
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township clerk
PRIOR OFFICE: Currently a member of county board, District 15
WHY RUNNING: My goal as a public servant is simple: better government. I can bring my experiences to the township to help enhance its services to our residents.
KEY ISSUE: The clerk is part-time, but is important because the clerk keeps official records, takes meeting minutes, and handles intergovernmental exchanges. I'll make sure the township's work is done openly and honestly.
COMMENTS: As a life-long resident of Rock Island, I love our community and want to see it grow and improve. I serve on the boards of Arrowhead, Project NOW, and Quad City Area Labor Management Council, and have been a coach of youth track and cross country.

NAME: Mark Parr Jr.
AGE: 61
ADDRESS: Rock Island
FAMILY: Wife Julie; son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Kate; daughter; Jessica; grandchildren, Abbi, Calvin and one on the way.
EDUCATION: Graduate of RIHS, some Black Hawk College, Deere/UAW apprentice training
OFFICE SOUGHT: South Rock Island Township board
PRIOR OFFICES: Current trustee, president of Rock Island County Township Association, president of UAW Local 79, precinct committeeman
WHY RUNNING: As a current trustee, I want continue that we maintain a responsible and financially secure township.
KEY ISSUE: Keep providing transparency, expanding our programs to all of the constituents,and continue to provide and maintain a responsible and financially secure township government.
COMMENTS: I am a firm believer that honesty is always the best policy.