Note: Answers provided have not been edited for grammar, misspellings or typos. In some instances, candidate claims that could not be immediately verified have been omitted.
Office sought: Poplar Creek library
Family: I am Married,25 years,to Charles Hulke Sr. We have three sons, four granddaughters and one grandson.
Occupation: I babysit my grandchildren, after retiring from an office job with Safety Kleen when the company's Main Office left, Elgin.
Education: I graduated from Elgin High School and have attended the U. of Iowa and Elgin Community College.
Civic involvement: I am personally motivated to be involved in helping improve our community.
Previously I helped the Head Start in Iowa,have been the Treasurer for our Lutheran Ladies Aid and served as Director of the Board of Fellowship.
For the last ten years I have been a team captain for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and chairman on the Survivor Committee for five years.
Elected offices held: This will be my first.
Have you ever been arrested for or convicted of a crime? If yes, please explain: No.
Key Issue 1
I plan to focus on linking the needs of the library patron with the resources and services our library provides.
Key Issue 2
Promote better library programing,with an emphases on education.
Key Issue 3
To increase the ability of the library to connect with the needs of the community.
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
I want to be a voice for the needs of the people of this district in setting library policy and fiscal responsibility.
If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of important initiatives you've led. If you are a non-incumbent, tell us what contributions you would make.
Candidate did not respond.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
Yes, I have actively used a library card since my first days in college. You'll find me in the library at least once a month.
Space is usually an issue at libraries. If that's the case at your library, would your solution be to expand the physical plant or make room by doing away with parts of the collection that technology has made less critical? Explain.
Popular Creek Public Library District has recently undergone a major expansion
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
People are depending on library resources even more due to the problems with the economic downturn. The library should serve as a center for the community by providing opportunities for job search, a resource for finding scholarships and grants, technology support , as well as a social meeting place.