February 22, 2005

Story of the night...

So far, with over 95% of the vote tallied, Thodos holds a slim lead over Moreno for East Moline mayor.

This is a nailbiter... Thodos: 1.621 50.77%
Moreno: 1,567 49.08%

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At 2/22/2005 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a shocker!

Moreno had incumbency, sports media, lots of contacts, support from Lane Evans and Denny Jacobs --and yet he came up short. Maybe it's because Joe Moreno just didn't connect as well. Who knows.
The margin was so close that it's hard to draw some big conclusions.

Regardless, it's time for East Moline to unite and make some progress.

At 2/23/2005 12:36 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Talk of ugliness in this campaign brings to mind the late Hunter Thompson's take on the dark underbelly of politics.
He might describe it as "bad craziness"

The Dope hears of some truly ugly goings on. This is more than unfortunate.

At 2/23/2005 11:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ugly is as ugly does

At 2/23/2005 11:34 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So true Forrest.

At 2/23/2005 11:52 AM, Blogger bygump said...

I think the problem is lack of voter interest. No one seems to care because nothing changes...

At 2/23/2005 1:45 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

The Dope thinks bygump is on to something.

Really, I can't think of a political arena where there's less interest. The township, municipal, and county board races are almost invisible to the majority of "average" folks out there. They not only don't know of the issues, they usually don't have a clue of who the candidates are!
I wouldn't be surprised to find that 75% of people in RI county had no idea there was an election coming up yesterday.
And this apathy and lack of involvement is what leads to our "tribal" politics where a handful of people fight against each other for power. The citizens remain blissfully ignorant of any of it.
And as bygump says, some if it is probably due to the fact that most people don't see any real difference no matter who is in charge. The only thing that seems to wake them up is if something costs them a dime.

At 2/23/2005 4:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a native EM'er who hasn't lived there since Reagan's first term, I hope a new mayor can bring some real change to the city. It's sad that Bettendorf and even Moline have construction and development, but EM has nothing going on.

At 2/23/2005 7:44 PM, Blogger boatsilqc said...

In response to anonymous about Bett and Moline and EM with nothing going on, I believe that the 30 or so developments listed under Moreno's website under Econ Dev speak for the level of activity that has taken place. If they are not considered substantive enough then I say yes they may be small, but some are larger and show a lot of activity. The GRIP sat idle for many years and next year it will be full.


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