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Silvis Mayor defeats city administrator in rare primary election

The incumbent Mayor Carter won the primary race over challenger James Grafton with almost two-thirds of the total votes.

SILVIS, Ill. —

Update - February 23, 10:30 p.m.

Mayor Carter has taken the Democratic Primary Election in an easy win over city administrator James Grafton, receiving about two-thirds of the total votes, finishing at 63% over Grafton's 37%.

After this win, Carter has become the candidate moving on to April 6 General Election, where he will be campaigning for a second term.

Original Story

Incumbent Mayor Matthew Carter is being challenged by the current city administrator, James Grafton.

A primary election Tuesday, February 23 will determine which candidate will move on to the spring General Election to be held on April 6.

Grafton has been the city administrator of Silvis since 2001, according to his campaign Facebook page.  

Carter was elected mayor in 2017, defeating a fellow alderman to replace retiring Mayor Tom Conrad.

The polls are open until 7 p.m. 

Credit: Matt Carter, photo from City of Silvis, IL website
Credit: James Grafton, photo from City of Silvis, IL website