Rock Island County Candidates 2018
Russell Christ, candidate for Rico County Clerk. My name is Russell Christ. I am married and a resident of Rock Island, Illinois. I grew up on a farm in Hillsboro, Missouri and graduated from Kansas State College with a Bachelors degree in Industrial Technology. I was employed by Deere & Co. for 43 years, retiring in 2014. During this period I moved and lived in six different states. I was very active in Christian services at the churches throughout my years of travel. I was the Second Vice Chairman 2016-2018 of the Rock Island County Republican Party.
The position of Rock Island County Clerk must perform at three basic levels:
1. TRUST, to provide data reports and recording of all Documents, Polices and Proceeding for all areas of responsibility of the County Clerk, to secure all Election Votes and County Equipment that will provide public confidence and security at all times, before/during/after elections, to report the results to the Voters, County Administration and the Illinois Board of Elections, to provide up-to-date data of all records for Licenses, Permits and Election results when requested.
2. ACCURACY, to provide a data base of all registered voters, to provide appropriate election Ballots for the current address of a voter, to report minutes of Rock Island County Board Meetings and to register the results of Elections.
3. PERFORMANCE, to conserve and respect the Tax Dollars of the Rock Island County Public, to fully implement the latest technology reducing costs while meeting voter and resident requirements for Licenses, Permits, Voter Registration, Election Execution and all other responsibilities of the Rock Island County Clerk.
When elected to the office of County Clerk, I promise to fulfill “T.A.P.” to the best of my abilities using the 43 years of Management experience with Deere & Co. from a local, national and global basis. I have also had the opportunity to cultivate many “Staff” positions in my 45 plus years of engaging people of many cultures and walks of life.
Rock Island County residents deserve to have a NEW approach to how the County Clerk’s office functions. After 60 plus years of control by one party’s “machine”, it is time to look at the position from a different perspective. By cultivating a well trained and equipped staff, we can make improvements that will benefit the citizens and the administration in Rock Island County.
I am dedicated to serving the people of Rock Island County. Thank you for your support. Contact me with any questions or opportunities to meet voters.
Russell Christ Campaign Cell: 309-781-4284
past 2nd Vice Chairman Campaign email: email@example.com
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FRANCISCO CRUZ “Keko” MARTINEZ candidate for Rico County Sheriff
I was born and raised in Sterling, Illinois and graduated from Sterling High School. For 20 years my wife Kathy and I have lived on the Illinois side of the Quad Cities. We have four children – Keko II, Beth, Gabe, Ricky, and my granddaughter- Aleah Jane.
My paternal grandfather, Francisco Martinez, was a migrant worker from San Benito, Texas. My maternal grandfather- Cruz T. Sierra, an immigrant from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, was President of the Sterling Latin American Social Club and President of the Illinois Migrant Counsel. Upon arriving in Illinois, both grandfathers’ families lived in railroad boxcars until their hard work and hope in the American Dream paid off, allowing them to afford a home. Their hard work made an indelible impact and influence on my life. My grandfather and father were active members of the United Steel Workers Union at Northwestern Steel & Wire Company in Sterling, IL.
In high school I was an avid athlete. After graduation, I entered the United States Marine Corps spending 13 years on active duty and 13 years in the Marine Corps Reserves. I served my local community for 13 years in Kansas City and the Quad City area Toys For Tots programs. I’m a retired Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant (E9) and decorated Desert Storm war veteran. I’m currently volunteering as the (unofficial) Chaplin for the Marine Corps Reserves.
In 1996, I entered law enforcement in both city and federal capacities. As a federal Police Officer, I was selected to participate as a Special Reaction Team member (Sniper) and later served as the International Brotherhood of Police Officers (IBPO) Union President.
In pursuit of further education, I set aside my law enforcement career and served as a Security Officer, later Lead and Chief Security Officer. I am a graduate from Bible Missionary Institute in Rock Island, Illinois, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Education with a minor in theology. I was assigned by the Marine Corps as a Religious Lay Reader and obtained from my denomination, a Local Preacher’s and Exhorter’s License. My ministries include Jail, Homeless Shelter, Revival, Military Liaison, Bible Study, Sunday School Teacher and van Driver.
During my 26 years in the Marine Corps, I successfully completed numerous leadership and management courses--both civilian and military. In the Corps, I was an Inspector/Instructor, Logistics, Training, and Security Chief and filled positions of responsibility above my pay grade.
As a Lead and Chief Security Officer, I completed training including, but not limited to, handling aggressive and non-aggressive mental health patients, PTSD individuals, Use of Force, verbal Judo, personnel evaluation, Department of Homeland Security FEMA Disaster Emergency Management, workplace OSHA requirements, “Less Lethal” arms instruction, and International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security Supervisor Level training.
My desire to improve morale resulted in instituting Marine and NCO of the Quarter and Year as well as Security Officer of the Year. One of my longest and consistent qualities is that I always left my areas and positions of responsibility better off than when I first started there. Follow him on
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