Kinney easily wins, but still has stressful night


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Posted Online: March 18, 2014, 11:46 pm
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By Eric Timmons, etimmons@qconline.com
ROCK ISLAND -- Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney easily defeated Glen Evans in the Democratic primary for clerk to set up a general election contest against Republican Kim Lazenby.

Ms. Kinney had taken almost 74 percent of the vote to Mr. Evans 26 percent with 93 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night.

It was a stressful night for Ms. Kinney and her office, which oversees the election count.

Results had not been fully reported more than three hours after polls closed because of technical glitches, Ms. Kinney said. Neighboring counties all had results posted hours earlier.

Mr. Evans said the delays illustrated problems in the organization at the clerk's office that he had hoped to change by winning the election.

Ms. Lazenby, a South Moline Township trustee, also said the delays raised questions about the "processes" being used by Ms. Kinney's office.

However, Ms. Kinney brushed aside the criticisms. She said there was a problem with a modem and with an unexplained delay at one voting center.

"It really wasn't anything that we did," she said. "Stuff happens sometimes."

In addition to the county clerk, the sheriff and treasurer's offices are up for election in November.

Rock Island Sheriff Jeff Boyd and Treasurer Louisa Ewert are both running for re-election. Neither had challengers in the Democratic primary Tuesday and have no Republican opponents for the general election on Nov. 4.

On the Rock Island County Board, 13 of the 25 seats are up for election in November. There are Republican candidates in eight of the 13 districts, with Democrats unopposed in the remaining five seats.

There was just one contested primary, in District 5, where Democrat Larry Burns beat Paris Fotos by 52 percent to 47 percent with all precincts reporting.

Incumbent Democrat Virgil Dueysen is stepping down after the general election and no Republican has come forward to challenge for the East Moline seat.

Incumbents are running to keep their seats in the other 12 county board races.

In District 25, county board member Bob Westpfahl, R-Milan, will be challenged by Democrat Tyler Fuhr.

Ken "Moose" Maranda, D-Milan, is being challenged by Republican John Ryan in District 23.

Scott Terry, D-Rock Island, is unopposed in District 21, as is Kim Callaway-Thompson, D-Rock Island, in District 19.

Rod Simmer, R-Rock Island, is being opposed by Democrat Brian Flaherty in District 18.

Nick Camlin, D-Rock Island, will face Republican David Kimbell in District 15, and in District 14 Ginny Shelton, D-Moline, is challenged by Jay Reische.

Republican Mike Steffen is running against David Adams, D-Moline, in District 12, while Don Johnston, D-Moline, is unopposed in District 11, as is Patrick Moreno, D-Silvis, in District 4.

In District 3, Republican Larry Holland is challenging Mike Burns, D-Silvis. Finally, Gary Freeman, D-East Moline, is being challenged by Republican Dewayne Cremeens in District 2.




















 




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  Today is Tuesday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.

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1889 — 125 years ago: J.B. Lidders, past captain of Beardsley Camp, Sons of Veterans, returned from Paterson, N.Y., where he attended the National Sons of Veterans encampments.
1914 — 100 years ago: President Wilson announced that he had received from the imperial chancellor of Germany a noncommittal reply to his inquiry into a report that the emperor was willing to discuss terms of peace.
1939 — 75 years ago: Delegates at the Illinois Conference of the Methodist Church in Springfield voted to raise the minimum pay of ministers so that every pastor would get at least $1,000 annually.
1964 — 50 years ago: An audience of more than 2,600 persons jammed into the Davenport RKO Orpheum theater with a shoe horn feasted on a Miller-Diller evening that was a killer night. Phyllis Diller sent the audience with her offbeat humor. And send them she did! It was Miss Diller's third appearance in the Quad-Cities area.
1989 — 25 years ago: A few years ago, a vacant lot on 7th Avenue and 14th Street in Rock Island was a community nuisance. Weeds grew as high 18 inches. Today, the lot has a new face, thanks to Michael and Sheila Rind and other neighbors who helped them turn it into a park three weeks ago.





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