Hampton re-elects Mayor Irby to 2nd term


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Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 10:27 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com
Hampton Mayor Kevin Irby secured a second term in Tuesday's election, handily beating Skip McLaughlin for the top village board position.

Mr. Irby and Mr. McLaughlin both ran as Independents. Mr. Irby is a lieutenant with the Moline Fire Department. Mr. McLaughlin is a Marine Corps veteran.

According to the Rock Island County Clerk's unofficial election results Mr. Irby received 287 votes, or 78 percent. Mr. McLaughlin received 79 votes, or 21 percent.

Mr. Irby said he is appreciative residents were willing to let him serve another four years.

He plans to work as team with village board members to prioritize infrastructure projects and create a mechanism to save for and fund that work. "It is not going to happen overnight, but another four years will allow us to make a dent in the procedures we need to put in place to set money aside and address infrastructure issues," Mr. Irby said.

He said he respected Mr. McLaughlin for running. Most people who are unhappy only complain. Mr. McLaughlin decided he wanted to have more of an impact and did everything required to become a candidate, Mr. Irby said. "I do respect the fact he gave it a try," he said.

When contacted late Tuesday,Mr. McLaughlin said he did not know the results of the election but said he plans to continue speaking out.

"Absolutely, I will not give up on my town. I just have given up on some people who are running it," Mr. McLaughlin said.

Five people sought three open seats on the Hampton village board. According to unofficial election results, three incumbent candidates won: Richard Vershaw received 231 votes, or 27 percent; James Garrison got 197 votes, or 23 percent; and Kevin Hamilton received 154 votes, or 18 percent.

Independent candidates Sam Colburn received 147 votes, or 17 percent, and trustee Tony Earl received 121 votes, or 14 percent.

All trustee candidates ran as Independents.

Mr. Hamilton was appointed in early February to fill the unexpired term of Scott Newberg, who moved from the village. Before his appointment, Mr. Hamilton had submitted candidacy papers to run for a full four-year term.

Mr. Irby said he will reach out to the community and board to find an appointment to fill the remainder of Mr. Newberg's term.






















 



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