Mike Bladel's short, strange trip from Scott County sheriff (and unopposed candidate for re-election) to Davenport police chief ended November 1 with a unanimous stamp of approval from the city council. But the ease of confirmation didn't wipe away lingering questions about the failure of a nationwide search, the actions of the city administrator, and the motivation for Bladel's move east down Fourth Street.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Evans: I would use the budget surplus to ensure the future of Social Security and Medicare, as well as provide a prescription-drug benefit under Medicare.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Moroney: Teacher-pay legis lation should not dilute local control; parents need more options for their children, not fewer.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Ryan: Taxes - property, pension, Social Security benefits, federal deductability.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Sunderbruch: Taxes - relief in property, pension, Social Security benefits.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Ewoldt: Economic development is always important and the board needs to continue to work with all municipalities in the county to attract new and expanding businesses to enhance our tax base.

Rosemary Gordy: Candidate did not provide answers to survey questions. She did, however, send the following letter:
Although I found your questionnaire interesting, you asked for specifics that are based on suppositions on issues that may or may not arise.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Malvik: Oak Glen Nursing Home financial crisis - Whether or not the County can keep Oak Glen Home open in light of the inadequate funding for the home from its tax levy and state reimbursements is an immediate problem.

What Choice?

In elections, candidates for less-prominent offices typically ride the coattails of the people at the top of the ticket. That assumes, of course, that there are candidates to get pulled along. In Rock Island County, there aren't.

What are the three most pressing issues likely to face your government body during your term, and what specifically would you support to address them?
Madden: Eliminate any spending, programs, and agencies not authorized by the Constitution.

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