Incumbent Johnston retains Moline Township supervisor seat


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Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 10:34 pm
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By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com
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?"
























 



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  Today is Monday, Sept. 22, the 265th day of 2014. There are 100 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: The board of education has granted Thursday as a holiday for the children, with the expectation that parents who desire to have their children attend the Scott County Fair will do so on that day and save irregularity the rest of the week.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The guard fence around the new cement walk at the Harper House has been removed. The blocks are diamond shape, alternating in black and white.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The Rev. R.B. Williams, former pastor of the First Methodist Church, Rock Island, was named superintendent of the Rock Island District.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Abnormally high temperatures and lack of rainfall in Illinois during the past week have speeded maturing of corn and soybean crops.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Installation of a new television system in St. Anthony's Hospital, which includes a closed circuit channel as well as the three regular Quad-Cities channels, has been completed and now is in operation.
1989 -- 25 years ago: When the new Moline High School was built in 1958, along with it were plans to construct a football field in the bowl near 34th Street on the campus. Wednesday afternoon, more than 30 years later, the Moline Board of Education Athletic Board sent the ball rolling toward the possible construction of that field by asking superintendent Richard Hennigan to take to the board of education a proposal to hire a consultant.






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