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|Garza Elected Galesburg Mayor
|Some candidates did better than some might have expected, and some probably did worse -- but in the end, a man many people suspected might win the race for Galesburg Mayor did just that.
Sal Garza received 34% of the vote Tuesday, soundly defeating the eight other candidates for mayor -- at least two of whom didn't even garner two percent of the total vote.
Garza tells WGIL this election cycle was long but positive for him, and hopefully for the other candidates. "We had some outstanding people in the race," Garza said. "We did start back in October; we were the first to announce (a candidacy). So it's been a long, grueling race, but I want to say that it's been very respectful. And, it's been a very clean run as well."
Garza says he's been thinking about various approaches that can be taken for any of a number of challenges he believes the city has. He says those are jobs and economic development, and he has a number of ideas to those ends.
Among the top vote-getters, former mayor Bob Sheehan came in second with almost 20% of the vote, while former alderman Rollie Paulsgrove was third with almost 14%. Knox College journalism professor Marilyn Webb was fourth with 10%.
Incumbent Gary Smith is not seeking another term.
Website developer David Roknich came in last among the nine, with just 1.5% of the nearly 5,000 votes cast for mayor.
Meantime, Christine Winick was unopposed in another run as Galesburg Township Supervisor, while Darrell Lovell was unoppposed for another term as township assessor.
For complete City of Galesburg results, CLICK HERE.
|04 07 09 by Newsroom
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