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 Wednesday, April 23, the 113th day of 2014. There are 252 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Some persons are negotiating for 80 feet of ground on Illinois Street with a view of erecting four stores thereon. It would serve a better purpose if the money was invested in neat tenement houses. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Central station, car house and stables of the Moline-Rock Island Horse Railway line of the Holmes syndicate, together with 15 cars and 42 head of horses, were destroyed by fire. The loss was at $15,000. 1914 — 100 years ago: Vera Cruz, Mexico, after a day and night of resistance to American forces, gradually ceased opposition. The American forces took complete control of the city. 1939 — 75 years ago: Dr. R. Bruce Collins was reelected for a second term as president of the Lower Rock Island County Tuberculosis Association. 1964 — 50 years ago: Work is scheduled to begin this summer on construction of a new men's residence complex and an addition to the dining facilities at Westerlin Hall at Augustana College. 1989 — 25 years ago: Special Olympics competitors were triple winners at Rock Island High School Saturday. The participants vanquished the rain that fell during the competition, and some won their events; but most important, they triumphed over their own disabilities.