SILVIS — Mayor William Fox said Monday he will not seek re-election.
''I will be 69 in February and have other things on my bucket list,'' he said. ''Seeking re-election's not one of them.''
Mayor Fox, a former 2nd Ward alderman, was elected in 2009. His four-year term expires in May. The primary is on Feb. 26, followed by the consolidated election on April 9.
Mayor Fox said he's enjoyed what he's done as mayor, despite the ''ups and downs of the job.''
During his tenure, Mayor Fox said he helped bring 400 new jobs to Silvis, a variety of new businesses, including Aldi, Ace Hardware, U.S. Cellular, Doc's Inn, Builder's Choice, credit unions and others.
'"There were several issues that needed to be done that the previous administration hadn't done,'' he said, including building a new fire station, and getting two new fire trucks and equipment.
He also cited completing 10th Street renovations, drilling a well and installing a 10-inch water main.
Mayor Fox wished city administrators and aldermen well, saying he only wants what's best for the city, where he's lived for 67 years.
He also wished Ald. Tom Conrad, 4th Ward, best of luck in his run for mayor. Ald. Conrad submitted his petition papers earlier Monday.
Ald. Conrad was elected in 2011 to serve the remaining two years of an unexpired term in the 4th Ward. His term also expires in May 2013.
To date, he's the only one who has taken out a petition for mayor, Silvis City Clerk Jim Nelson said.
A petition for 4th Ward alderman was filed Monday by Todd Malmstrom.
Mr. Nelson said he also turned in his petition to seek re-election as city clerk.
Candidates have picked up election packets for Wards 1, 2 and 3, but none have returned them yet, Mr. Nelson said.They have until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, to turn them in, he said.
The city clerk's office will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving but will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Monday.
Independent candidates have until the week of Dec. 17-24 to turn in their election packets, Mr. Nelson said. The city clerk's office will be open until 5 p.m. Christmas Eve to accept any of those packets, he said.
Today is Thursday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2013. There are 26 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: A new passenger car has been placed on the Coal Valley railroad, and R.R. Cable is running the trains at present. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. G.W. Gue preached a convincing sermon on the need of a new First Methodist Church in Rock Island 1913 -- 100 years ago: Dr. W.S. Marquis preached his farewell sermon at Broadway Presbyterian Church to the combined congregations from First Methodist, First Baptist, United Presbyterian and South Park Presbyterian churches. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island's mayor is seeking to enforce the rules governing PWA projects in the city which state that local men are to be hired for the work. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Argus Santa Claus requests that the names of needy Rock Island boys and girls through 12 years of age be registered by parents or guardians from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 11or Dec. 14. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Alcoa and its employee union have reached tentative agreement on a 43-month labor contract covering about 7,500 workers at six plants, including 1,900 employees at Alcoa's Davenport Works, company and union officials said today.