February 23, 2007

Two Rock Island aldermanic races on Tuesday ballot

In a race that likely escaped nearly everyone's notice, candidates for two Rock Island wards will be decided in an election Tuesday with the top two candidates moving on to the April 17th general election.

Rock Island 4th and 6th Ward voters can vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at their designated polling place.

In the 4th Ward, the contest for an open seat is between Steve Tollanaer, Bob Lelonek, and Donna Jungwirth.

In the 6th Ward, there is essentially no contest as one of the three original candidates, David Kimbell has officially dropped out of the race, though at such a late date that his name will still appear on the ballot. The remaining two candidates for 6th Ward, Joy Viren Murphy and Tom Benson, will move on to the general election. (unless the guy who's withdrawn beats one of them, then what happens?)


At 2/24/2007 9:05 PM, Blogger demgorilla said...

Tom Benson will be a strong leader, capable of getting things done, for Rock Island. He has the Demgorilla's strong support.

At 2/27/2007 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This was a great victory for Tom Benson. In this silly way of running elections the second place winner wins the runoff 68% of the time. The most recent local example is when Pat O'Brien beat Don Welvert in the first go around and then lost to Mayor Welvert in the runoff. Rock Island has got to get rid of this silly way of running elections. Mayor Schwiebert and his hide your party affiliation has got to end. Schwieberts lack of showing in the congressional appointment process is a sign that he and this chicken way of picking our leaders are over due for a new system.

At 3/28/2007 7:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Benson has lost every race he has entered, so why would he suddenly gain a victory? And what is his experience? He had a political favor job? I think the voters are smart and they got it right the first time.


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