Bettendorf Mayor-elect Bob Gallagher Jr. said Tuesday he was “humbled and challenged” by his landslide victory in the city’s mayoral election.
“I will start tomorrow to do my best to live up to that challenge,” he said.
Dozens of supporters gathered at The Lodge to watch the election results cheered loudly when it was announced Gallagher had received 3,086 votes in the unofficial tally, nearly 75 percent of the 4,147 votes cast.
Former city council member Patricia Malinee had 882 votes, and teacher Dave Thede had 170.
Voter turnout in the mayoral race was about 16 percent.
The four incumbents seeking re-election to the city council also won Tuesday.
Gallagher thanked everyone who worked on his campaign as well as the community for its support.
“I’m very pleased that I had overwhelming support from the citizens of Bettendorf,” he said.
Gallagher also thanked Malinee and Thede for running good campaigns and their willingness to serve.
Gallagher said it takes a special person to subject themselves to the public scrutiny of a campaign for city office just for the opportunity to serve the community.
“I thank them for being special people,” he said.
Mayor Mike Freemire announced this summer he would not seek a third term.
Gallagher, 42, is a 1987 graduate of Bettendorf High School who went on to earn an undergraduate degree at the University of Iowa and a law degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee. He is a partner in the Bettendorf law firm Gallagher, Millage and Gallagher.
During the campaign, Gallagher spoke frequently about his passion for the community, his leadership experience in various community organizations, and his ability to bring people together to form consensus on an issue.
The focus of Malinee’s campaign was her concern about the city’s long-term debt and the impact it would have on the city’s ability to provide services and amenities if the problem is not addressed.
Gallagher said he also thought the city’s debt was too high, but believed the city had a plan in place to address it.
In the city’s 1st Ward, Alderman Dean Mayne defeated Dr. Thomas Nelson, 474-328.
Fifth Ward Alderman Dr. James Stewart fended off two challengers, Gary Koos and Scott Webster. Stewart had 446 votes, followed by Webster with 314 and Koos with 122.
At-Large Alderman Lisa Brown also defeated two challengers with 2,205 votes. Current Park Board member Judy Gackle trailed with 849 votes, and Chad Miller had 824.
Gallagher wins Bettendorf mayor seat
Times staff at 9:24 p.m.
Bob Gallagher won the Bettendorf mayoral race over two challengers tonight.
Unofficial vote totals show Gallagher with 3,086, or 74 percent, to Patricia Malinee with 882 votes, or 21 percent. Dave Thede got 170 votes, or 4 percent. He will take over for Mayor Mike Freemire, who is retiring.
Incumbent Lisa Brown led the race for the at-large council position with 2,205 votes, or 56 percent. Challenger Judy Gackle received 849 votes and Chad A. Miller got 824.
Incumbent Dean Mayne held back a challenger in the 1st Ward, with 474 votes, or 58 percent, to win over Thomas Nelson, who got 328 votes.
James Stewart won re-election the 5th Ward race with 446 votes, or 50 percent, over challengers Scott Webster at 314 votes and Gary K. Koos at 122.
Debe LaMar received 563 votes in her unopposed bid for re-election in the 3rd Ward.
Burrage wins 5th Ward in Davenport
Kurt Allemeier at 9:07 p.m.
Sheilia Burrage won the 5th Ward City Council seat tonight in Davenport, receiving 52 percent of the vote. She collected 332 votes to 296 for Jane I. Duax. Although turnout was 2.6 percent citywide, turnout in the 5th Ward was 7.7 percent.
She will replace Bill Lynn, who retired from the council.
All other incumbent Davenport aldermen were re-elected without opposition, as was Mayor Bill Gluba.
UPDATE: Bob Gallagher gave a victory speech at The Lodge in Davenport.
UPDATE: With all 5 precincts reporting, Sheilia Burrage wins (unofficially) Davenport's 5th Ward seat, 332 votes to 296 for Jane I. Duax.
Absentee ballots are in; Gallagher leading in Bettendorf
Kurt Allemeier at 8:17 p.m.
Bob Gallagher leads the Bettendorf mayoral race in the first results of the evening.
With the absentee ballots counted, Gallagher has 387 votes, followed by Patricia Malinee with 144 votes and Dave Thede with 26.
Incumbent Lisa Brown leads the race for the at-large council position with 278 votes, followed by Judy Gackle with 147 and Chad Miller with 91.
Incumbent Dean Mayne is ahead in 1st Ward, while James Stewart leads the voting in the 5th Ward.
In Davenport’s only contested race, Sheilia Burrage is leading the 5th Ward race over Jane I. Duax in the absentee vote count, 55 to 13.
Polls close at 8 p.m.
Kurt Allemeier at 5:17 p.m.
Voter turnout across Scott County is a paltry 3.83 percent so far in today’s city elections, but as high as 34.9 percent in Riverdale, where seven candidates are vying for three City Council seats.
Countywide, 4,321 ballots have been cast in today’s municipal elections as of 4 p.m., according to the Scott County Auditor’s Office. Polls are open until 8 p.m.
In Bettendorf, turnout was 8.8 percent as of 4 p.m., when the auditor’s office checked with polling places. Poll workers reported 2,343 ballots cast so far. Residents are voting for a new mayor and to fill several contested council seats.
Riverdale’s seven candidates, plus a write-in race for mayor, brought out 112 voters, or 34.9 percent of the town’s electorate.
LeClaire so far has recorded 326 voters — 11.5 percent — who turned out for the council race that pits four candidates for two seats.
Davenport’s turnout is running 1.5 percent, or 1,101 registered voters, but in the 5th Ward where Sheilia Burrage faces Jane I. Duax in the city’s only contested race, turnout was 11.5 percent, or 326 voters.
Election Day: Turnout light so far today
Kurt Allemeier at 11:43 a.m.
Voting is light so far in today’s Scott County municipal election, with less than 1 percent casting ballots in Davenport and 3.82 percent cast in Bettendorf.
The translates to 1,018 ballots cast before noon in Bettendorf and 455 cast in Davenport, according to the Scott County Auditor’s office.
Eleven precincts in the county weren’t scheduled to open until noon because their municipalities don’t have contested elections.
Voters to pick winners
Kurt Allemeier at 2 a.m.
A three-way race for mayor and three city council seats in Bettendorf are among a handful of contested municipal election races today in what is a mostly uncontested voting landscape in Scott County.
Other than Bettendorf, contested races are limited to Davenport’s 5th Ward city council seat and council races in Buffalo, LeClaire and Riverdale.
Scott County Auditor Roxanna Moritz scheduled abbreviated hours for polling places in 11 cities because they had no contested races. Polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m. in Blue Grass, Dixon, Donahue, Eldridge, Long Grove, Maysville, McCausland, New Liberty, Panorama Park, Princeton and Walcott.
Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. in cities with contested races.
Moritz expects turnout to be between 5 percent and 7 percent overall, based on the number of absentee ballots returned. A total of 860 absentee ballots were requested and 769 had been returned as of Monday, she said. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by Monday or turned in at the auditor’s office by 5 p.m. today.
Turnout at the early voting center at Bettendorf Public Library was good, Moritz said, with about 70 to 100 ballots cast each day last week.
Shorter polling place hours and using paper ballots only in cities with uncontested races, except for Davenport and Eldridge, will likely result in a cost savings for those cities because they pay for municipal elections, Moritz said.
In Bettendorf, Bob Gallagher Jr., Patricia Malinee and Dave Thede are vying for the mayor’s seat. Current Mayor Mike Freemire announced in the summer that he would not seek a third term in office.
In the city’s 1st Ward, Alderman Dean Mayne is being challenged by Dr. Thomas Nelson. Fifth Ward Alderman Dr. James Stewart faces challengers Gary Koos and Scott Webster, and At-Large Alderman Lisa Brown is challenged by Judy Gackle and Chad Miller. Third Ward Alderman Debe LaMar is unopposed.
The candidate with the most votes will win the mayor’s seat outright in the three-way race. Bettendorf is not a run-off city, so in races with more than two candidates, the winner isn’t required to have more than 50 percent of the vote.
In Davenport, newcomers Sheilia Burrage and Jane I. Duax are seeking the 5th Ward seat being left open by Bill Lynn, who decided not to run for re-election. The rest of the incumbents on the council and Mayor Bill Gluba are unopposed for re-election.
In Buffalo, incumbent Judy Hammons and newcomers Danny Raney and Dave Stickrod are seeking to fill two seats on the City Council.
Incumbent Mary Farmer is seeking to hold onto one of two seats on LeClaire City Council. Challengers are Terri Applegate, Matthew W. Auliff and Judy Hartig.
In Riverdale, incumbents Cheryl J. Channon, Douglas H. Littrel and Dean Arthur Halsey are challenged by Jim Beran, Donna Hunt, Judith Krell and Athena Smith for the three council seats.
(Steven Martens contributed to this report.)