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 Monday, April 21, the 111th day of 2014. There are 254 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The female sex seems to have gone crazy on the subject of dry goods. When high prices keep them from increasing their wardrobes, they turn to stealing. Yard goods, hats, shoes and other items are being picked up and carried home. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Members of Everts Commandery No. 18, Knights Templar, under Commander H.C. Cleaveland, marched from the Masonic Temple to Trinity Episcopal Church for their annual Easter services. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Nate Hultgren pitched the Augustana College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over Carthage, striking out 11 men and allowing only four hits. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Marvel Leonhardi, a Rock Island High School senior, was the winner of an essay contest on advertising sponsored by The Argus and Advertising Age, a national advertising publication. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Augustana College band drew a crowd of 1,200 people for its annual home concert in Centennial Hall. The size of the crowd was indicative of the fact the band is rapidly approaching the stature of the Augustana Choir. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A benefit to raise money for extracurricular activities in the Rock Island Milan School District will be April 27 at the Quad City Downs harness race track. People buying $17.50 tickets to the second annual "Night at the Quad City Downs" will be entitled to an evening of harness racing and dinner.