Acri bests Miller to retain at-large seat


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Posted Online: April 10, 2013, 12:56 pm
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By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com

In Moline's only contested race in Tuesday's election,Stephanie Acri beat Ron Miller to secure a full term as alderman at large.

Ms. Acri received 2,170 votes, or 63 percent. Mr. Miller received 1,245 votes, or 36 percent, according to unofficial election results from the Rock Island County Clerk's Office.

Ms. Acri was appointed alderman at-large in April 2011 by Mayor Don Welvaert. She served the remainder of the term of Gary Brown, who died in March 2011.

Ms. Acri, owner of Evans Premium Manufacturing Inc., said she looks forward to continuing her work with the mayor and the city council. "There are a lot of opportunities in Moline right now, a lot of good things happening," she said.

"I want to help keep the momentum going and continue moving it forward into the future," Ms. Acri said. "I am very honored to have the opportunity to serve on the city council and appreciative of the responsibility," she added.

Mr. Miller retired as Moline's fire chief in November 2011, when the city council was considering privatizing EMS. He works part time at Friendship Manor in Rock Island.

Mr. Miller said he will stay involved and continue to attend weekly city council meetings. "I will keep all my options open and see what is out there and where I can contribute," he said.

"Everyone wants to win, but I am encouraged more than 1,000 people got out there and voted for me," Mr. Miller said.

Scott Raes will become mayor. He was the only candidate to run for the position after two-term Mayor Don Welvaert announced he would not seek re-election.

Mr. Raes is a senior vice president and trust officer for First Community Trust. He has represented the 2nd Ward for 10 years and served as mayor pro-tem since 2009.

"I believe Moline has a good model working, and I want to help keep it going," Mr. Raes said, adding it takes themayor, city council and city staff working as a team. "All of us have to work together to get things accomplished," he said.

Once he takes office, Mr. Raes will appoint someone to fill the remaining two years of his aldermanic term.

Incumbents David Parker Jr., 2nd Ward; Dick Brown, 4th Ward; and Kevin Schoonmaker, 6th Ward, were not opposed in their bids for election.

Mr. Parker was appointed 2nd Ward alderman by Mayor Welvaert on Oct. 9 to fill the unexpired term of Richard Meredith, who resigned because he was moving out of the ward. Mr. Parker is a Realtor with Century 21 Cornelis-Simpson Inc.

Mr. Brown was appointed 4th Ward alderman by Mayor Welvaert on Feb. 19 to fill the unexpired term ofTed Ronk, who resigned in January because he was moving out of the ward. Mr. Brown had filed candidacy papers in December to run for the seat.

Mr. Schoonmaker is completing his first term. He is vice president of Bank ORION.




 















 




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1914 -- 100 years ago: Members of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, decided to erect a new edifice at a cost of about $60,000.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Willard Anderson, junior forward for the Augustana College basketball team, which won 17 out of 22 contests, was elected captain of the quintet.
1964 -- 50 years ago: John Hoffman, Moline, president of the Sac-Fox Council of Boy Scouts, will be honored for his 50 years in scouting by members of the council at a dinner Thursday evening.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Quad-Cities has what is believed to be the area's first elite-class gymnast. It's the stuff upon which Olympic competitors are made. Tiffany Chapman, of Rock Island, not only has earned the highest possible gymnast ranking, she won the honor at age 11.






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