Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 10:34 pm
Incumbent Johnston retains Moline Township supervisor seat
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By Stephen Elliott, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Johnston retained his position as Moline Township Supervisor Tuesday night by defeating Republican challenger Tony Holland.
Mr. Johnston received 803 votes while Mr. Holland received 629 votes. Percentage-wise, Mr. Johnston received 56.08 percent of the votes to Mr. Holland's 43.92 percent.
"I think we do a good job down there," Mr. Johnston said. "I think we've progressed in many programs to help the citizens in Moline Township.
"There are a variety of grants and programs we provide for all 18 townships. We want to continue to work for the constituents and the county."
In the Moline Township clerk race, Democratic challenger J.K. "Jan" Erikson-Vroman defeated Republican challenger Mike Martin by a vote of 796 to 627.
In the Moline Township trustee races, Democrats swept to victory, winning the four seats. The top four vote-getters were Bonnie Johnson (833 votes), Gregory Peck (761), Dan Garza (718) and Ethel Perez (716). Republican challengers on the losing end were Robert Hartley (704) and Korry Tessen (676).
The Moline Township supervisor's race had issues.
Mr. Holland, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully for county recorder in November 2012, said last month he was not asking people to vote for him, even though his name was on the ballot as a challenger to Democratic incumbent Mr. Johnston.
Mr. Holland said he had been told Mr. Johnston would challenge his candidacy. To be township supervisor, candidates must have lived in the township for 12 months before their party's caucus. Mr. Holland said he missed that window by two weeks.
Mr. Johnston did not challenge Mr. Holland's nominating papers in the week after he filed for election, which usually is when challenges are made, and said in March he would not take the matter to court even if Mr. Holland won.
Republican candidates also questioned township salaries.
Despite losing, Mr. Holland said he was pleased with his results.
"I still got about 44 percent of the vote," Mr. Holland said. "It shows people as a whole are really tired of the same thing and seeing that nothing changes.
"I think I proved that politics is slowly, but surely, returning back to the people."
Asked if he would run for office again, Mr. Holland said, "I'm 24 years old and just took 44 percent of the vote. Why would I quit now?"