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ROCK ISLAND — The city wants you to help select the host of a new Rock Island promotional campaign by casting your vote before 9 a.m. Friday.

You can vote for one of the finalists for “Rock Island Forward” by simply liking their video on dphilms' Facebook page, at facebook.com/dphilms/posts/10155560613867824.

“We had a great turnout for submissions for the Rock Island Forward show host, and the competition was tough,” dphilms executive producer Jennifer Verscha said this week. “The panel of judges from DARI (Development Association of Rock Island) and dphilms based their decision on the top three finalists on the following criteria: Are they a Rock Island resident; did they demonstrate their love for the Rock Island community in their video; and did they have a tie to the community? Once they passed this, we put it to a vote.”

“We encourage the community to listen to each of their videos and like the video of the person/persons that they feel would do a great job representing our community,” Verscha said.

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The finalists are:

  • Cat Roth, 25, who's lived in Rock Island three years and works as a doula home visitor for the Child Abuse Council. She's a co-host of “Midnite Mausoleum” on WQAD-TV Friday nights, playing Cat Ziggy, the resident space girl. “I think I'm hilarious; maybe three other people think I am,” Roth said in her submission video. “I really like getting to know people, and I'd really like the opportunity to see Rock Island in a really unique way."
  • Karen M. Sheraden, a Rock Island native who works as communication sciences and disorders program coordinator at Augustana College, Rock Island. She and her husband have four kids. “I do my part to keep Rock Island beautiful. I'm proud of the history we have in Rock Island, like the Arsenal, Black Hawk State Park and Chippiannock Cemetery, just to name a few,” she said in her video.
  • Haley Walker and Lauren Corwin, sisters who were born and raised in Rock Island. Last year they started a mobile business, Brick & Motor Boutique, a clothing store for younger women. They opened a storefront in November 2018 at 1700 2nd Ave. Originally they planned to be there just over the winter, but it turned into a permanent location. “There's multiple reasons we love and cherish our hometown, Rock Island,” Walker said in their video.

The new campaign host winner will be announced early next week. DARI and dphilms also are seeking suggestions for people and places to be considered for the show — unique, fun and maybe hidden gems of Rock Island. Suggestions can be sent to info@dphilms.com.

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