March 24, 2005

Corcoran Wilson gives up effort to contest election

Connie Corcoran Wilson, former East Moline 1st Ward aldermanic candidate, conceded the Feb. 22 primary race Wednesday morning to incumbent Ald. Helen Heiland, but she still believes she didn't lose by 10 votes.

Ms. Wilson and her attorney, Rick Keys of Nelson, Keys & Keys, Rock Island, withdrew her petition for a full recount before Circuit Judge Jeffrey O'Connor because a recount would not change the election results.

"Ten votes sounds wrong to me," Ms. Wilson said, adding that she graciously concedes the election. "I hope Helen does a great job."

"I'm glad it went the way it did," Ms. Heiland said. "It has been a bitter election. I can't say it was a gracious election."


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