Incumbent Robert Cervantes won the 1st Ward primary for the Silvis City Council on Tuesday and newcomer Todd Malmstrom prevailed in the 4th Ward.
The two winners of Tuesday's Democratic primaries now advance unopposed to the April 9 general election. There are no Republican candidates for city council in Silvis.
Mr. Cervantes, a member of the council for 12 years, won by just three votes over Mike Johnson in the 1st Ward.
"The voters have spoken," Mr. Johnson said. "That's the way it works."
Mr. Cervantes joked that his "heart stopped" several times as he watched the results trickle in until he finally won by the narrowest of margins. He said this would likely be the last time he runs for city council.
In the 4th Ward, Mr. Malmstrom beat Joseph Johnson by 32 to 9.
"I want to say thank you to my opponent and I'm honored for the support I got," Mr. Malmstrom said.
But he added he was "very disappointed" so few votes were cast in the primary. He said the low turnout was a sign more needed to be done to make the public aware of local elections.
Incumbent 4th Ward Ald. Tom Conrad, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election. Instead, he is running unopposed for mayor in Silvis on the April 9 ballot.
There also are unopposed Democrats running for clerk, treasurer and alderman in the city's 2nd and 3rd wards in the April 9 elections.
Silvis City Council Primary
Ward 1: Robert Cervantes - 54 Mike Johnson - 51
Ward 4: Todd Malmstrom - 32 Joseph Johnson - 9 votes
Today is Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.