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.
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.