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Hopeful wants to pick among Tampico grads

Published: Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 1:15 a.m. CST

TAMPICO – Joan Johnson, a Republican candidate for Whiteside County Board, has a bipartisan proposal for selecting the next board chairman: choose a graduate of the long-closed Tampico High School.

That group of graduates, she said, now includes four county board members – Glenn Frank, R-Morrison; Bob VanDeVelde, D-Sterling; Karen Nelson, D-Rock Falls; and Doug Wetzell, R-Deer Grove. She, too, is a Tampico graduate. Frank and Wetzell are Republicans; VanDeVelde and Nelson are Democrats.

“I feel this shows a commitment to public service found in local roots,” she wrote in an email this week.

In her campaign, Johnson has contended the board needs a member from Tampico, which hasn’t had one for years.

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