Dennis Pauley has been reelected to a second term as mayor of Rock Island after soundly beating David Levin and Rick Cassini in Tuesday's election.
There was an upset In the 1st Ward election, where incumbent Terry Brooks was defeated by Ivory Clark, who works as the principal of a private school in Davenport. First elected in 1997, Mr. Brooks was the council's longest-serving member.
"I've been there for 15 years," Mr. Brooks said. "Maybe the people think they need a new face but I think I've served the community well."
In the mayoral election, Mr. Pauley said the victory he secured over Mr. Levin was a vote of confidence in the economic development policies the council has pursued over the last four years.
Mr. Pauley took 59 percent of the vote, with Mr. Levin on 30 percent and Mr. Cassini finishing in a distant third spot with 10 percent.
"The margin of victory tells me people really like what's going on and they want to continue in the same direction," Mr. Pauley said.
The council's work to keep property taxes flat for the last three years, and the projects to bring Walmart and Fareway to Rock Island helped secure his win, Mr. Pauley said.
The mayoral election was a rematch of 2009, when Mr. Levin also ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Pauley. In that election, Mr. Pauley and Mr. Levin tied after a recount, and Mr. Pauley won on a coin flip.
"I'm pleased that we ran a very positive campaign," Mr. Levin said Tuesday night of this year's election. "It was a great experience and we are going to continue working for the betterment of Rock Island."
In the 5th Ward, Kate Hotle came out on top in a field of four candidates. The 25-year-old works for Project Now and will be the council's youngest member.
"Things are starting to look up in Rock Island and I want to keep that train rolling," she said.
There were uncontested elections in the 3rd and 7th wards, with incumbents Paul Foley and Chuck Austin elected.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.