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TIMES CANDIDATE PROFILE

posted Oct 29, 2014, 9:09 AM by Nick Camlin   [ updated Oct 29, 2014, 9:09 AM ]

This is the candidate profile, compiled by Thomas Geyer, and published by the Quad City Times newspaper on October 21, 2014.

District 15: Nick Camlin vs. David Kimbell

All Rock Island County Board candidates were asked to answer four survey questions 

posed by the Quad-City Times. The questions presented were presented to all who are running for a seat, even those running unopposed. The questions the candidates were asked to answer are:

1.) What do you believe should be done with the county-owned Hope Creek Care Center? Should the county sell it, rent it out to a private firm to run, or try to keep it? Why? What if the referendum that is on the ballot to raise taxes for Hope Creek fails?

2.) The board could be facing a lawsuit by Jeff O’Connor, chief judge of the 14th Judicial Circuit over the inadequacy of the old courthouse. A special committee formed by former Board Chair Phil Banaszek arrived at a plan of action, but it was rejected by the board as being too expensive, especially when the financial situation of Hope Creek came to light. What ideas do you have to correct the courthouse issue?

3.) There has been talk about reducing the number of county board seats. What is your position on reducing the size of the county board?

4.) A movement has begun to hire a county administrator rather than depend solely on a county board chairman. Do you believe a county administrator would help the board better serve the citizens of the county, or do you believe that system as it is works well?

District 15

Nick Camlin:

1. We need to save and strengthen Hope Creek to make sure we never find ourselves in this trouble again. The four-year property tax increase will provide enough time to do that. We should consider an independent governing board as well as a partner not-for-profit foundation.

2. We should add new courtrooms and renovate the current courthouse as office space that can house many of the County departments including currently off-site departments like Court Service and Juvenile Court.

3. With a new county administrator, the way our government functions may change and therefore the county board should take a form that is most conducive to those changes. For example, five members each elected at-large is a possibility, though I prefer single-member districts.

4. Very simply, I believe in professionalism above politics, and an administrator will help move our county forward. I am committed to working to improve the image of our Rock Island County if I am given another term by the people of District 15.

David Kimbell:

1. I would like to see it sold and privatized. I don’t think it can ever make any money. The only way to keep it running is to keep subsidizing it.

2. I think that the courts should sue to force the county to do something. I don’t think anything’s going to be done. If the courts don’t force the issue, nothing will be done.

3. I would like to see the board reduced to about 15 members.

4. I believe if they can hire an administrator that is independent it would work out better. Unless the administrator is independent it might lead to more fighting and partisanship. If we can get a business leader with political experience who is well-liked in the community, it would work out.

This is the candidate profile, compiled by Thomas Geyer, and published by the Quad City Times newspaper on October 21, 2014.