Originally Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 10:20 pm
Last Updated: April 10, 2013, 11:15 am
Pauley re-elected RI mayor
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By Eric Timmons, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley lets out a sigh of relief as the final election results came in Tuesday evening, April 9, 2013, cementing his re-election bid. Pauley defeated David Levin and Rick Cassini to retain his seat. With him are his daughter Jackie Georlett, wife Lois and granddaughter and birthday girl Parker Georlett.
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.