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Quincy, IL News - Journal930.com
Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015

More names possibly in Quincy mayoral mix

2 years, 9 months ago by Bob Gough

A third name may be in the Quincy mayoral mix.

Richard "Rich" Nichols of 2201 Sycamore filed petitions as a Republican for two offices: 3rd Ward Alderman and Mayor.

Quincy Mayor John Spring has filed for re-election as a Democrat and 3rd Ward Alderman Kyle Moore has filed to run as a Republican. Roger Davis, who lost in the 2009 Republican mayoral primary to Dave Bellis, has taken out petitions to run as an independent and has until December 24 to submit petitions since he is running as an independent.

City Clerk Jenny Hayden said under state law, Nichols has until next Monday, Dec. 3, to decide which of the offices he wants to run for as he cannot have his name up for two municipal offices simultaneously.

But Hayden said she believes another candidate, Ronnie McKenzie, can run for both 1st Ward Alderman and Quincy School Board. McKenzie, a neighborhood grocer who operates Chicago's Market and More, 1001 North 5th, filed his petitions to run as a Republican in the 1st Ward. Incumbent Democrat Virgil Goehl has also filed to run for the 1st Ward seat he currently holds. 

Hayden said she has spoken with the Illinois State Board of Elections and there doesn't appear to be the incompatibility issue that exists so people cannot serve on School Boards and County Boards at the same time in Illinois counties with populations of 40,000 or more. Melvin "Bud" Niekamp served on both boards for years until he was finally forced to resign from the Adams County Board and eventually was forced from his seat on the Quincy School Board. He ran for another School Board slot and continues to serve.

With the mayoral and 1st Ward filings already mentioned, here are the other Democrat and Republican filings:

City Clerk: Jenny Hayden (Incumbent, Democrat)

City Treasurer: Peggy Crim (Incumbent, Democrat), Tom Ernst (Republican)

Township Assessor: Roy Points (Incumbent, Democrat)

Township Supervisor: Cindy Brink (Republican)

2nd Ward Alderman: Dave Bauer (Incumbent, Democrat)

3rd Ward Alderman: Jared Holbrook (Republican), Ken Hultz (Republican), Richard "Rich" Nichols (Republican), Mike Martin (Democrat)

4th Ward Alderman: Tony Sassen (Incumbent, Republican)

5th Ward Alderman: Mike Rein (Incumbent, Republican)

6th Ward Alderman: Dan Brink (Incumbent, Republican)

7th Ward Alderman: Jack Holtschlag (Incumbent, Democrat)

Again, independents have until December 24 to file. County political parties can also fill vacancies before the February 26 primary for the April 9 general election.