Two file for Third Ward seat
8 months, 3 weeks ago by Bob Gough
Republicans Jared Holbrook and Tom Ernst look to replace Kyle Moore, who is running for mayor
Two candidates have stepped forward to run for what appears an open seat on the Quincy City Council.
Jared Holbrook, 627 Hamilton Avenue, picked up petitions this morning with the intention of running for Third Ward Alderman.
A Republican, the 31-year-old Holbrook has the backing of the two men currently representing that ward on the Council: Paul Havermale and Kyle Moore. Moore recently announced his intentions to run for mayor in 2013 and also picked up petitions today.
“Having always been interested in government at all levels and with the encouragement of family, friends and the current 3rd Ward Aldermen, I have decided to run for 3rd Ward Alderman,” Holbrook said in a news release. “I wish to provide the high level of service to the ward that has been the top priority of our current Aldermen. With the support of my constituents, I look forward to serving the citizens of Quincy. The time is now to bring forth the changes and service that our neighbors deserve to enjoy in this great city.”
Holbrook has worked for FedEx since 2006, but he is also a musician and photographer. He is a graduate of Quincy Notre Dame and Quincy University.
Holbrook has a wife and a daughter and the family belongs to St. Francis Parish where he is active in the Holy Name Society and as a musician.
Tom Ernst also picked up petitions to run for Third Ward Alderman.
Ernst was on the Quincy Park Board from 1993 to 2005, also serving as president during that period. He was elected to the Park Board again in 2011.
"I've done the Park Board, which I thoroughly enjoy, but I think we need to change some things and work for progress," said Ernst, 56. "With my experience with the Park Board, I think I can help."
Ernst, a Republican, ran for the state senate in 2004, losing to the current occupant, Sen. John Sullivan (D-Rushville).
Ernst is a 1974 graduate of Catholic Boys High School and is a graduate of Culver-Stockton College. He is an independent insurance agent and has been a licensed Illinois State High School Association basketball official for 38 years.
Incumbents taking out petitions today so far include City Clerk Jenny Hayden, City Treasurer Peggy Crim and City Assessor Roy Points. All three are Democrats.