ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – The Rock Island County Clerk's office has finished counting the write-in ballots for Moline's Mayoral Primary, and leaders say write-in candidate Stephanie Acri will advance to April's election along with incumbent mayor Scott Raes.
According to Rock Island County Clerk Karen Kinney, Acri received more than 3.5 times the number of votes Raes did. On Wednesday morning, Kinney said Acri received 2,984 votes.
The only candidate on the Tuesday, February 28 primary ballot in Moline was Raes, but voters could write-in the names of five other candidates for Moline mayor. The Clerk's Office said those write-in ballots had to be counted by hand, and that work did not start until Wednesday morning.
Mayor Raes received 799 votes or 23% of the vote. Candidate Jody Fear received 16 votes. Frederick Carman received 10 votes. Kirk Witherspoon received eight and Deborah Ryckeghem received just one vote.
A candidate needed to have at least 10% of the top vote getter's total to advance to the April election. Therefore, Raes and Acri will be the only candidates on the ballot in April, according to Kinney.
In a different race, another write-in candidate has also won the right to advance to the April ballot.
Sonia Berg was the fourth top vote getter, beating candidate Edward Johnson for a spot in April's election for Moline at-Large alderman.