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Akeson concedes, decides against recount

Beth Akeson ran against Tim Riggenbach for the third district City Council seat, replacing outgoing councilman Bob Manning. Riggenbach won the election by 12 votes, causing many to wonder if Akeson would ask for a recount. Wonder no more — Akeson sent out this release late Monday:

I would like to congratulate Tim Riggenbach […]

Other election results

Other returns of interest:

Jim Ardis won the mayoral race with over 90% of the vote. Barbara Van Auken won reelection in the Second District with 58% of the vote. Dan Irving is the new Fifth District representative, raking in a commanding 80% of the vote. Laura Petelle won over 55% of the vote […]

Public Facilities Sales Tax passes

The 0.25% public facilities sales tax for Peoria County passed by 409 votes. County residents were opposed 60%-40%, but city residents voted in favor by a 59%-41% margin. Here’s the breakdown:

Yes No City 9947 6773 County 5357 8122 Total 15304 […]

Riggenbach wins by 13 votes

Tim Riggenbach got 1,556 votes, and Beth Akeson received 1,543 votes according to the unofficial results published by the City’s Election Commission. Voter turnout was 22.93% overall, 23.61% in the third district. No word on whether Akeson will demand a recount.

Vote Today

The polls are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please go out and vote, and encourage your friends and family to vote.

And please take Scott Janz’s advice and vote “No” on the public facilities sales tax referendum.

Negative campaigning plays in Second District

Over the weekend, city council candidate Curphy Smith sent this mailer to residents in the second district. It can only be characterized as a negative campaign piece. It sets forth in detail all the ways incumbent Barbara Van Auken broke her campaign promises, with some personal attacks thrown in for good measure.

This mailer […]

Peoria Chronicle Endorsements — Mayor: Ardis, Treasurer: Shadid

Two other races on the ballot Tuesday are for Mayor of Peoria and Peoria City Treasurer. Here are my endorsements for each of these:

Mayor of Peoria: Jim Ardis — Running against incumbent Mayor Ardis is local activist General Parker. Unfortunately, under current state law, Parker is ineligible to serve if elected. Thus, for […]

Peoria Chronicle Endorsements — Peoria City Council: Smith, Akeson, Irving

All the City of Peoria district representative positions are up for election Tuesday, but only three are contested. First District Councilman Clyde Gulley and Fourth District Councilman Bill Spears are unopposed. Here are my endorsements for the other three offices:

Second District: Curphy Smith — When incumbent Barbara Van Auken ran for office four […]

Peoria Chronicle Endorsements — Public Facility Sales Tax: No

Much has been written on this, both in my blog and at the website, so I won’t go through all the standard arguments again. What I would like to do briefly is respond to a few of the more common rebuttals I’ve heard.

First, there is the rebuttal that absent this museum […]

Third District race heats up, too

Following the revelation that the Build the Block campaign had their campaign literature printed out of state, it was revealed that third district candidate Tim Riggenbach did the same thing. Beth Akeson called a press conference today to reiterate her commitment to supporting third district […]