Voters' guide to Tuesday, Feb. 22 Primary Election

Editor’s note: Following is a list of candidates appearing on the Tuesday, Feb. 22 Primary Election ballot in Winnebago County and the City of Rockford.

All candidates running for office were asked to submit candidate statements of 150 words or fewer. Any statements submitted that exceeded the 150-word limit have been edited for fairness of length. Candidates who did not submit statements are listed in the order in which they appear on the ballot.

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22. Check the left side of your voter I.D. card for polling location. If you live in the City of Rockford and have questions about your registration, contact the Board of Election Commissioners at 987-5750. If you live outside the City of Rockford but within Winnebago County and have questions about the Primary Election, contact the Winnebago County Clerk’s office at 987-3088.

P P P

City of Rockford

Democratic Ballot

Alderman—Ward 5

Victory Bell

Frank Jefferson

Alderman—Ward 7

Angela J. Goral

Ann Thompson

Alderman—Ward 11

Tuffy Quinonez

Jeffery A. Holt Jr.

Alderman—Ward 13

Henrietta Dotson-Williams

Jesse Gulley Jr.

Linda McNeely

Jack D. Crook

Highway Commissioner

Rockford Township

Elmer Jones

Ron Swanson

Republican Ballot

Alderman—Ward 1

Robert M. “Bob” Greene

I am not taking campaign contributions and will not owe anything to anyone except the voters of my ward. And I’m not promising the sun, moon and stars, just a continuation of my service since 1981: New businesses on State Street from Mulford to the county line; economic development on Perryville, Bell School and Spring Creek; a hotel industry that’s grown from three hotels to 17 in the ward with three more on the way; Northern Illinois University-Rockford campus; bank row on Perryville; fire station on Trainer Road; land for another fire station and police substation on Lyford Road; safe traffic in residential areas; protection of subdivisions from over-intrusive development; truancy ordinance—in process; cultural corridor to attract tourism. I am now working on neighborhood parks for the First Ward as well as funding for drainage projects.

Joe Sosnowski

It is time to revitalize the City of Rockford. Many neighborhood concerns go unanswered, our downtown is not as vibrant as it can be, and Rockford drives away businesses that could contribute to help keep the city share of property taxes low. Walking door to door, I have talked to several residents and learned about many neighborhood concerns continually being ignored by the current alderman. For example, lack of an east-side fire station and police substation worries First Ward residents. I will work to bring these to east-side residents to help with faster response time. Also, there is concern about the constant tax increases and loss of jobs. I will work to form a stronger community development drive that encourages business to come to Rockford instead of elsewhere.

Highway Commissioner

Rockford Township

Peter M. “Pete” MacKay

In the year 2000, because of my earned reputation for honesty, ability and integrity, I was asked by several entities to run for Commissioner of the Rockford Township Highway Department. The Department at that time was reeling from felony charges against the past Commissioner, a raid by the State Police and depressed employee morale. Believing I could help the situation, I decided to run, I ran, and I won.

Upon taking office, I set out to restore employee morale, which is best done if the employees know that the boss knows that all of them are important, and that there is mutual trust, understanding and proper recognition for jobs well done. That was part of my creed as a small businessman, and still is today.

The results have been stunning. Employee morale and productivity is at an all-time high. We all have great relationships with the taxpayers, our union (Teamsters 325) and each other. It is gratifying.

I have been asked by a host of people and groups to run again, and I have agreed. Watching the Department reaching its capabilities and responsibilities to the taxpayer is fulfilling. It is fun, and I am honored to ask you to let me lead these wonderful employees for another term. These great employees have made your Rockford Township Highway Department a paradigm for excellence.

I will truly appreciate your vote on Feb. 22.

Chris K. Johnson

Nonpartisan Ballot

Harlem Consolidated School District

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES TAX RATE

Shall the maximum annual tax rate for educational purposes for Harlem Unit School District Number 122, Winnebago County, Illinois, be increased and established at 3.69 percent upon all the taxable property of said School District at the value, as equalized or assessed by Department of Revenue instead of 3.29 percent, the present maximum rate otherwise applicable to the next taxes to be extended for said purposes?

YES

NO

(a) The total dollar amount of the most recently approved annual budget of the School District is $66,935,297 and the total dollar amount of that annual budget would be $69,221,993 if increased by the amount of additional tax which may be levied if the proposition is approved, a percentage increase of 3.42%.

(b) If the proposition is approved, the current educational fund tax rate of 3.29% would be increased to a maximum rate of 3.69%, or a percentage increase of 12.16%.

(c) It is estimated that the approximate amount of taxes for educational purposes extendible under the maximum current rate of 3.29% is $18,807,991 and that the approximate amount of taxes for educational purposes extendible under the proposed increased tax rate of 3.69% is $21,094,677.

P P P

Village of Machesney Park

Democratic Ballot

Village President

Carol Lee Foster

Gloria Jeanne Kelly

I believe the amount of the sales tax rebates and other financial gifts that a community the size of Machesney Park can afford to offer is not enough to cause corporations and businesses to locate here if they weren’t already planning to come. Economic development in the Route 173 corridor is timely and will continue to grow without continuing the T.I.F. district.

Good judgment and critical thinking skills need to be applied to problems such as high unemployment and how the village can provide necessary services without a village tax. If elected, I will address the concerns of the residents and work with the board to make sound decisions that will improve the quality of life and attract employers to the area. I will eliminate waste in the daily management of the village so there are sufficient resources for street repairs and maintenance. I will work with the trustees and village staff to aggressively market our greatest asset, working families who have high moral values and who “know how to get the job done right.”

Linda M. Vaughn

Village Clerk

Lori K. Cook

Nancy M. Metcalf

Mark Lee Sorrentino

I have invested myself in Machesney Park over the last 15 years: Planning Commission, Master Plan Committee, Village Board of Trustees, and many other volunteer opportunities. Retired from Hamilton Sundstrand. We must continue providing services such as road reconstruction, police service, zoning and building department, etc., and remain committed to continue a “zero tax levy.”

Managing and controlling growth is of premier importance. Also, nurturing older parts of our Village through the “Capital Improvement Program” rebuilding and reconstructing roads at no cost to the residents. The Clerk’s Office should be a “communication hub” for both residents and village government. Served as co-chair for Harlem Community Center’s Project Play Works, working with the Park’s Chamnber events, Salvation Army events like the Paint-a-thon and Christmas bell ringer, and the Convoy of Hope. In 2001, received my bachelor’s degree in human service from Judson College.

Village Treasurer

Steve Johnson

Connie Noling

Doris Ann Quansah

Jeffrey A. Carabelli

Village Trustee—District One

Jerry D. Bolin

Gail R. Bor

rison

Robbin Pilcher-Snodgrass

Village Trustee—District Four

Stanley J. Wentland

Melvin Paris

Highway Commissioner

Rockford Township

Elmer Jones

Ron Swanson

Republican Ballot

Village President

Joseph A. Terrell

Thomas W. Strickland

Highway Commissioner

Rockford Township

Peter M. “Pete” MacKay

Chris K. Johnson

Nonpartisan Ballot

Harlem Consolidated School District

PROPOSITION TO INCREASE THE EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES TAX RATE

See same listing under City of Rockford Nonpartisan Ballot.

P P P

Village of Roscoe

Nonpartisan Ballot

Village Trustee

(Vote for three)

Scott D. Richardson

Katherine G. Green-Kliebe

I believe I am able to make a positive contribution to the growth of the Village of Roscoe. I think we need to have a positive plan set and follow through with it. I believe the residents of Roscoe deserve a clean water and sewer. I believe my eight years working for Harlem Township has taught me how to effectively implement programs and see them through to the end. The Village of Roscoe’s infrastructure needs to be dealt with, and plans need to be implemented for long-term projects. I would work with Rock River Water Reclamation and North Park Water to get services to everyone. I think we should concentrate on bringing more businesses in and possibly giving them incentives to come to the area.

Dona J. Zopp

Stacy T. Mallicoat

Timothy Vivian

Stephen Branch

Lowell Smith

Ron Clewer

Write-in

Write-in

Write-in

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!