10 months, 4 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Republican Alderman wins by nearly 1,300 votes; GOP keeps 10-4 majority as Dan Brink and Jared Holbrook win
Quincy Mayor John Spring has conceded to Republican Alderman Kyle Moore, who will be Quincy's next mayor.
Moore won with 56 percent of the vote over the two-term Democratic incumbent. Spring won his last two elections by roughly the same vote total, about 750 votes.
Moore won with 5,690 votes to Spring's 4,402 votes, a margin of 1,288, and called Tuesday night " the greatest night of my life.".
"We’re going to celebrate tonight, but the work begins tomorrow," Moore said. "We’ll work on behalf of the citizens of Quincy. There are over 1,800 people who are unemployed in our City. There is a huge amount that are under-employed, and we need to get to work to make sure that everyone in Quincy can have the life fulfilling career they dreamed about as a child.”
Moore said his campaign was about substance.
“We had a good message, and we raised substantive ideas," Moore said. "What I heard from citizens when I went to their door was that they wanted this race to be about issues, and we raised the issues. I think when you look at the campaign, I was the only candidate that raised issues. People want government that works for them and is proactive. The message that I believe the citizens of Quincy sent tonight is that we need to do a better job of working on their behalf, we need to do a better job in bringing in good paying jobs, improving our city services and also looking at the financial outlook of our city.”
Spring stressed he was proud of his positive campaign.
“I’m extremely happy with how the campaign went," Spring said. "We ran a very positive campaign, and I’m very proud of that. I’ve done that all three times that I’ve run. I have no regrets. We ran a very solid campaign. We did everything that we needed to do, and the people spoke and they're ready for new leadership, so that’s fine.”
Spring said he’ll think about his future plans later and he wasn't sure where the election turned.
“I really don’t know," he said. "Again, maybe I shouldn’t have run a positive campaign but that’s not me. People that have known me know I’ve always been positive my entire life so there was no reason to change, and I just take it as it is.”
“I’ve dealt with a lot of things in my life. I’ve had open heart surgery. I’ve had prostrate cancer. This is pretty minor on that scale.”
“It’s been a great honor to serve the people of Quincy, and I think we’ve done an incredibly fine job. Maybe people didn’t think we did a good job. But maybe there are other things that people were concerned about that I don’t know. You’d have to ask the majority of the people that voted for Kyle.”
Spring acknowledged a turning tide that has returned GOP control to the Council and to the mayor's office for the first time since 1985.
“Things are changing. The way you campaign is changing, and we tried to change the best that we could, but again, every campaign is responsible for what they put out there. Nothing goes out without my approval. That’s why you never saw one negative thing come from me.”
Along with taking the mayor's office for the first time since 1985, Republicans maintained their 10-4 majority on the City Council.
In the Sixth Ward, Republican Alderman Dan Brink won a close race over Democrat Jerry Smith, 52-48.
In the Third Ward, Republican Jared Holbrook won over Democrat Mike Martin by a large margin, 74-26.
"I feel great about the win," Holbrook says, "I'm very humbled by all the people who came out and supported me. I'm so proud of my team, my family, everybody that came out, the people who supported me from day one. Through the primary, through the general, and tonight through to victory. I couldn't be happier. I'm really looking forward to serving with the new Mayor and I think there's some bright times ahead for Quincy."
The Democrats held the treasurer's office as Peggy Crim won a fourth term, 58-42 over Republican Tom Ernst.
Republican Cindy Brink won her first term as Quincy Township Supervisor, replacing the retiring Steve Schrage. She was unopposed.
Roy Points won re-election as assessor, Jenny Hayden won re-election as city clerk. They were unopposed.
Turnout was nearly identical to four years ago. There were 15,517 votes cast this year and 15,500.