COAL VALLEY -- Voters won't know until sometime Wednesday who won the mayor's race in Tuesday's election.
Rick Lasek, a trustee running on the Conservative ticket, was the only candidate listed on the ballot, but Emil Maslanka conducted a highly visible campaign as an official write-in candidate. His vote totals won't be available until Wednesday morning, Chief Deputy County Clerk John Brown said.
Mr. Lasek had 246 votes, far fewer than his three fellow Conservatives running unopposed for the village board. Their totals ranged from 436 to 467 votes.
"I remain optimistic. I think there's been a lot of support in the community," said Mr. Maslanka. "Regardless whether I win or lose, I would like to thank the residents for the support they gave me in the election."
Mr. Maslanka said he believes he had an impact with residents and inspired them to become more involved, saying the election was about having a choice. He hopes community involvement continues with residents.
Mr. Lasek declined to comment.
Three trustee seats were open, with three candidates running unopposed. Cherie Meyer, Richard Stone and Dale Keppy won four-year terms each.
In the small bit of the village in Henry County, Mr. Lasek had six votes, and the trustee candidates had 6 and 7.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.