Endorsements for April 3
By Frank Schier & Joe Baker
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endorses Larry Morrissey for mayor.
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By Frank Schier,
Editor & Publisher
and Joe Baker,
Its election time again. Here are our choices for the contested races on April 3. Please excuse the brevity of these endorsements. We had a computer crash on deadline.
For rockford Aldermen
In the second ward: incumbent Pat Curran faces Democrat Craig Mentzer. Mentzer is a newcomer and therefore an unknown quantity. Curran is a veteran alderman and, we think, has done a good job of representing his ward. Curran often was the only one challenging some of the schemes of the Box administration.
The contest in ward three pits Republican Doug Mark against incumbent Democrat Carol Jambor-Smith. Mark is new to the political scene but preferable, we believe, to Jambor-Smith. She has been mainly a rubber stamp for Mayor Charles Box. Repeated complaints have been heard in this office that she keeps her answering machine on constantly and does not return constituents calls. Also, she abandoned and voted against her constituents on Franklin Place in the North Main condo controversy. Mark deserves a chance to do better.
The race in ward six has Republican Earl Null squaring off against incumbent Democrat Lenny Jacobson. Our choice is Null, not because of his party, but because Jacobson has functioned mainly as another rubber stamp for the mayor.
In ward eight, Bob Kinnison, a Republican, goes against incumbent Democrat Nancy Johnson. We have to go with Johnson on this one, even though Johnson is all too ready to go along to get along. Kinnison has been too closely aligned with Kris Cohn on the county board.
Ward nine incumbent, Republican Bill Timm is challenged by Democrat Charles Laskonis. Timm has worked no miracles, but he has managed to accomplish a few things for his ward. He also does not have some of the political connections Laskonis has. We choose Timm because he really responds to his constituents.
In ward 10, our choice is Paul Elmer, a Democrat. The incumbent, Republican Franklin Beach, is a good man who has mostly gone along with the powers that be. We think a fresh viewpoint will better serve this ward.
In Ward 11, its Jeffery Holt Jr. As a county board member with schooling in political science, Holt can bring both experience in government and ideas of merit to the ward. His opponent, Ed Akre, has seemed to lose his original enthusiasm and has become very aligned with the establishment.
For ward 12, we choose John Beck. He has shown a willingness to get involved. Beck also has been sounding out ward residents on their feelings about ward problems.
Beck has a program and some definite goals for the ward. He has served as chairman of the board of the Rockford Housing Authority and has also seen service on several other boards and committees.
The incumbent, Vic Verni, has been more of an apologist for the Box administration than a ward representative. As Beck said: Rockford is hungry for effective leadership…
For Rockford Township
In the township races: we prefer Michael Goral for supervisor, Diane Dal Pra for clerk; Pete MacKay for highway commissioner; for trustee: Jeffrey Polsean, John Rundquist, Genevieve Sjostrom and Guy Fiorenza.
For park district commissioner, we choose Harmon Mitchell and Charlotte Hackin. For District 205, our picks are: Ted Biondo; Scott Carter; and Patricia Delugas.
Other races of note
In Machesney Park, we prefer Linda Vaughn for village president. In Rockton, we prefer David Dwyer for village president.
education and roads
Your call. On the one hand, we have been taxed like peasants, and who knows how this money will be spent. On the other hand, education may or may not suffer, and our roads may or may not break your axle.