Latino candidates run at the primary elections

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It is time for elections again. And there are a couple of Latino candidates running for office. This year in Rock Island County we will vote for County treasurer and County Sheriff.

The elections will take place on February, 2 and if you are still not registered to vote you have time to do it until January, 26 at the County’s Clerks’ office located at 1504 3rd Avenue en Rock Island, IL. The office is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and on Saturday of January 23 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. You can register and vote at the same time.

•For the candidate for County Treasurer we have Louisa Terronez Ewert. She worked more than 17 years for the Treasurer’s office and the present treasurer endorses her. Her family is from Leon, Guanajuato. Her uncle Joe Terronez was the first Latino mayor in the city of Silvis and they say that he was the first Latino mayor in a whole state of Illinois. Her father Benny Terronez is well known in the community because he was the owner of the Moline Community Center.

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Louisa commented that her family has been her role models especially her grandparents who emigrated from Mexico.

•The other candidate is also Latino although his name might not sound Latino. He is Jeff Boyd who is running for the County Sheriff.

He worked for 20 years in the department of sheriffs of Rock Island County and he is a member of the Association of Hispanic Officers of the Law.

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He has the necessary experience and education for the position (He is a graduate of Augustana College with a degree in Political Science and he has a Master’s Degree from Western Illinois University).

His great grandparents Carmen y Jesus Flores emigrated from Durango, Mexico to the United States when his grandfather Rafael Flores was only 3 years old. They came to work for the railroad company. When we asked him why he wanted to be a County Sheriff he answered that he wanted to move the department forward and to bring diversity to the Sheriff’s office.

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Louisa Terronez Ewert

Career background: First National Bank of the Quad Cities, 1986-1993. Seventeen years working in the Rock Island County Treasurer office, working way up from assistant cashier to current position as administrative assistant to treasurer.

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Jeff Boyd

►I have 20 years of experience at the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department. Over ½ of my years of service were in the Investigative Division. During that time I served as an undercover agent with the Quad-City Metropolitan Enforcement Group, and later as the Director of Operations at the Quad City Metropolitan Enforcement Group. I helped educate youths about the dangers of drugs.

►My wife of fourteen years is Ann, and we have three children: Nicholas (13), Conner (10) and Chloe (8). My family fully supports me and I could not do this without them.

► For the Sheriff’s race, I am the only union member candidate running. I am fully supportive of my union. I participated in contract negotiations for a period of time. Additionally, I participate and volunteer in union activities as well as support fundraising to advocate our mission and goals.

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