John Pritchard won his re-election bid for Galesburg mayor last night by about a 650 vote total.
Challenger Walt McAllister pushed Pritchard on decisions regarding a community center, high speed internet and food hubs.
The incumbent, Pritchard, won another term by around 650 votes.
Pritchard tells WGIL that he originally thought he would only run for one term.
“When originally I was running, the first time, I thought well, I’ll do four years and I’ll be done but there’s more stuff I want to get done and that’s why I ran a second time,” Pritchard says.
Pritchard won by touting accomplishment like the creation of the Galesburg Promise program, improved infrastructure and advanced manufacturing courses.
McAllister challenged with a populist platform that focused on attracting youth, boosting technology and serving the underprivileged.
An issue that separated the two early was their disagreement over the importance of a community center, and whether that center should be at the Broad Street Armory.
McAllister tells WGIL his campaign was a part of a movement.
“We are disappointed but if you look at the actual numbers, it’s not like this was some kind of landslide victory,” McAllister says. “We have a lot of people behind us that agree with what we want.”
Voter turnout in Galesburg was about 4,500 voters, down from 4,783 in 2013.