COAL VALLEY -- Voters won't know until sometime Wednesday who won the mayor's race in Tuesday's election.
Rick Lasek, a trustee running on the Conservative ticket, was the only candidate listed on the ballot, but Emil Maslanka conducted a highly visible campaign as an official write-in candidate. His vote totals won't be available until Wednesday morning, Chief Deputy County Clerk John Brown said.
Mr. Lasek had 246 votes, far fewer than his three fellow Conservatives running unopposed for the village board. Their totals ranged from 436 to 467 votes.
"I remain optimistic. I think there's been a lot of support in the community," said Mr. Maslanka. "Regardless whether I win or lose, I would like to thank the residents for the support they gave me in the election."
Mr. Maslanka said he believes he had an impact with residents and inspired them to become more involved, saying the election was about having a choice. He hopes community involvement continues with residents.
Mr. Lasek declined to comment.
Three trustee seats were open, with three candidates running unopposed. Cherie Meyer, Richard Stone and Dale Keppy won four-year terms each.
In the small bit of the village in Henry County, Mr. Lasek had six votes, and the trustee candidates had 6 and 7.
Today is Tuesday, Dec. 10, the 344th day of 2013. There are 21 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: We give "the government" the benefit of our circulation free of charge, for two advertisements for mules, horses and forage. 1888 -- 125 years ago: The official board of the First Methodist Church voted to build a new church. 1913 -- 100 years ago: W.A. Reid was elected commander of Siboney Bay Camp No. 8, United Spanish War Veterans. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Mrs. Blanche S. Osborne, of Rock Island, is the only woman in the city who is a member of the American Legion. 1963 -- 50 years ago: The Rocket Barbershop Chorus, under the direction of Howard Mesecher, will present a concert of barbershop songs at the December meeting of the Woman's Club of Moline at 2 Saturday afternoon in Scottish Rite Cathedral. 1988 -- 25 years ago: Helen A. Stone, of Moline, traded her organ's bench for a seat in the pew when she retired as church organist of Union Congregational Church, Moline, recently. She's been playing either piano or organ for the church for 61 years.