South Rock Island Township Republicans to run as team for local board
South Rock Island Township Assessor Nichole Finnie and Trustee Dr. Kim Shuda have joined members of the community to run as a team for board positions in the upcoming spring election.
Finnie and Shuda are hoping they will be joined on the board by Dr. Rodney Simmer, who is running for supervisor, as well as Christine Elsberg, T.J. Krone and Gary Snyder, who are running for trustee positions.
The team is running as the South Rock Island Township Republicans with the banner “Accountability, Commitment and Integrity.”
“We are running as an accountable team that is committed to upholding integrity as we cooperate together to use the taxpayers' money in the most effective and efficient manner to provide the residents of South Rock Island Township with services they need to help them succeed,” the six candidates said in a statement. “Our conservative team values will create a stronger base and allow the next four years to have more accountability, commitment and integrity.”
Finnie was appointed to her position in 2016 after years of service with the township. She began working with the township in 2004 and received her Certified Illinois Assessment Officer designation in 2006.
She was promoted in 2011 to deputy assessor and again in 2012 to chief deputy assessor.
“Nichole takes her assessor position very seriously and is diligent and accountable to all residents of South Rock Island Township," a bio released by the team said. "With an experienced staff to support her, Nichole is committed to providing her township with service that is not only fair, but in the best interest of you, a valued resident of South Rock Island Township.”
Shuda was elected in April 2013 and is now seeking her second term as trustee. She has maintained a family chiropractic practice, Shuda Chiropractic Care, for 25 years. During that time, she’s done outreach to her patients about health and wellness, which she believes helps her to help members of the community who reach out to her.
Simmer is running for supervisor. Simmer has been running a private chiropractic practice for 22 years. He’s also been forestry commissioner and served on the Rock Island County Board for six years.
Elsberg would also make a new addition to the board. She has run her own State Farm Insurance business for 30 years and has served on many local boards, including Neighborhood Partners, Rock Island County Board of Appeals, the Kiwanis Club of Rock Island, the Parent-Teacher Association in the Rock Island School District, and many other school committees.
Elsberg is treasurer of the University of Illinois Rock Island County Extension and 4-H Foundation.
Krone is employed with Airways Inc. in Rock Island and has 30 years experience in the product-building business. He was born and raised in Rock Island, and wants to give back to the community he grew up in.
Snyder is a retired executive from Modern Woodmen of America. He has also served as president at the Rock Island Optimist; state director of the Rock Island Jaycees; and past commissioner of the Rock Island Planning Commission. He chairs the Rock Island Zoning Board of Appeals. Snyder strongly believes in term limits and, if elected, would serve only two terms.
The election will be held April 4.