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|Ballot Placement Set for Galesburg Mayoral Election
|The biggest mayoral race in 35 years in the City of Galesburg is now officially set.
A lottery was held Tuesday in Galesburg City Hall, to determine ballot placement on the April election for the now-officially nine candidates for mayor, and city elections officials say former Alderwoman Margaret Hall will be the name voters will see first.
Hall will be followed, in order, by resident and newcomer Eric Delawder, former Alderman Roland Paulsgrove, state economic development official Sal Garza, 5th Ward Alderwoman Karen Lafferty, newcomer David Roknich, former business owner Fred Peterson, Knox College Journalism Professor Marilyn Webb, and former Mayor Bob Sheehan.
Sheehan was defeated by incumbent Gary Smith four-years ago. Smith has decided not to seek a second term.
City officials say the total of nine candidates is the most for a mayoral election since 1973, when five people ran.
In other Galesburg election races now that the petition filing deadine has expired, Kelli Bennewitz will run unopposed for City Clerk. Bennewitz is a deputy city clerk under Anita Carlton, who will retire from the post Friday. Also running unopposed are Township Supervisor Chris Winick and Assessor Darrell Lovell.
In contested races, current City Treasurer Marv Dahlberg will run against businessman Mike Kroll. In the race for Second Ward Alderman, Bill Kendall will run against local insurance agent Wayne Dennis. Lomac Payton has two opponents for his fourth ward aldermanic seat; they are former Alderman Tony Gerk and resident Corine Anderson. Wayne Allen also has opposition in the sixth ward. Allen will face newcomer Joni McGarry.
Candidates for races in the rest of Knox County are not available, as County Clerk Scott Erickson is not in his office Tuesday.
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