Voting

Davenport Sixth Ward resident Caryl Bucksbaum votes at the Duck Creek Park Lodge Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The 6th Ward race for the Davenport City Council is the only municipal election race with five candidates on the ballot. Rich Clewell, Dale Gilmour, Ben Jobgen, Sean Liddell and Chris Webster are vying to replace former Alderman Jeff Justin, who resigned in July after spending 10 years on the City Council.

The race for Davenport 6th Ward City Council seat is down to two as Rich Clewell and Sean Liddell have advanced in Tuesday's primary election.

Clewell and Liddell garnered 34 and 27 percent of the vote, respectively, beating out fellow candidates Ben Jobgen, Dale Gilmour and Chris Webster.

"I'm humbled and excited and want to thank everyone who helped out with the campaign," Liddell said. "It's overwhelming the amount of support we've receive since we've only been in Davenport for over a year."

While Clewell was pleased with the results of the primary, he lamented the lack of opportunities to discuss with the other candidates in open forum issues such as the economics in Davenport, the riverfront or even the Costco Wholesale location.

"I wish there had been an opportunity for more forums, but the people have voted and I always believe the intelligence of the public comes out," Clewell said.

Clewell and Liddell will square off in the Nov. 7 general election to see who will represent the 6th Ward and replace former Alderman Jeff Justin, who resigned in July in anticipation of his move to Cape Coral, Florida.

With Justin's seat vacant with little time before the election, the City Council appointed Gene Meeker to fill the seat with the assurance that Meeker would not seek election.

The five candidates came into Tuesday's primary with wide variety of reasons for running and backgrounds.

Liddell, a Moline alderman for five years, and Clewell, a member of the Davenport Community School Board, came into the 6th Ward race with the most public service and board experience among the candidates.

Jobgen and Gilmour finished with 14 percent of the vote apiece while Webster received 10 percent.

Out of the ward's 10,605 eligible voters, 905 cast ballots.

Although Clewell expressed his disappointment with the lack of opportunities to dialogue about the issues, both he and Liddell have committed themselves to participating in a number of candidate forums that will be held before the general election.

In reiterating his appreciation for the voters, Liddell said he looked forward to November's election and will be reassessing his strategy in a week's time.

Clewell offered the same thanks to the voters and said he looked forward to squaring off with Liddell.

"I am looking forward to a good, clean and transparent campaign," Clewell said.

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