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|Close Race for Ward 3, Schwartzman Overcomes Lafferty in Ward 5
|It's still a close race for Ward Three in Galesburg's aldermanic election.
Incumbent Russell Fleming received 51 percent of the vote against write in candidate Chuck Reynolds' 48 percent.
Still, only six votes separate the two and Galeseburg election commissioner Bill Butts says anything is possible at this point.
"Obviously in a situation like this where you've got a write-in, you've got to look at those write ins, there may be some issues as to which should be counted and which should not. I'm sure the candidates will disagree on that but certainly until the canvas is actually made, until it's official that the results are announced, at this point until we have a chance to canvas and really look at that, of course after that point then the avenues open up for the candidates to request discovery or whatever they wish to do."
Reynolds ran a write-in campaign after Fleming contested his nominating petition's and had Reynolds kicked off the ballot.
In other races, incumbent Ken Goad defeated Jim Hartshorn in Ward One, and Jeremy Karlin ran unopposed in Ward Seven after Micheal Hagerty dropped out of the race and incumbent Mike Lummis decided not to run for re-election.
A clear victor arose in the race for Ward Five alderman.
Three candidates ran for the seat including incumbent Karen Lafferty, Steve Shearer and Peter Schwartzman.
Schwartzman won it by a safe margin with 61 percent of the vote.
Lafferty tells WGIL she wishes him well, but says he will have a learning curve to deal with.
"There's a lot that he's going to have to learn. Neighborhoods are fine, farmer's markets are fine, but when you're working with a $34 million budget there's a lot in there to learn so he will get a lot thrown at him at first."
Schwartzman acknowledges that and says he would take any advice.
"I hope to actually speak to Karen and get a sense,.. she's been serving for 12 years and even the limited amount of work I had to do to get elected compared to her 12 years I respect that of her, that's a great commitment."
Lafferty had served on the city council for 12 years. Schwartzman is one of the founders of the group, the People of Galesburg and helped organize the Lunch Sport among other things.
|04 06 11 by Newsroom
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