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Election Day is rapidly approaching, offering Iowa voters the opportunity to shape the direction of their local governments for the next few years.

More than half of the Davenport City Council could change as the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th wards will be contested while four candidates vie for the two at-large alderman positions.

What's known in Davenport is Mayor Frank Klipsch, Aldermen Rick Dunn, 1st Ward, Rita Rawson, 5th Ward, Mike Matson, 7th Ward, and Kerri Tompkins, 8th Ward, are all but guaranteed to remain on the council because they are running unopposed.

There will also be at least new two new aldermen: one for the 6th Ward and one at large.

After 6th Ward Alderman Jeff Justin resigned in July, Gene Meeker was appointed to fill out the remainder of Justin's term with the caveat that he would not seek re-election.

There will also be a new at-large alderman as Jason Gordon announced he would not be running for re-election after four terms on the City Council.

For the two available at-large positions, incumbent Kyle Gripp is seeking a second term and faces off against Andrew Arnold, J.J. Condon and Toby Paone.

Second Ward incumbent Maria Dickmann is also seeking a second term on the Council and is being opposed by Mike Prunchak.

In the 3rd Ward, Marion Meginnis, who won a special election in July to replace former Alderman Bill Boom, squares off against Wil Patton.

Susan Weir, a retired French teacher from the Davenport Community School District, will attempt to put an end to reign of 4th Ward Alderman Ray Ambrose, who has spend the past 20 years on the council.

Longtime Davenport school board member Rich Clewell and former Moline 7th Ward Alderman Sean Liddell will settle the vacancy in the 6th Ward.

Clewell and Liddell advanced from last month's primary election, beating out three other candidates: Dale Gilmour, Ben Jobgen and Chris Webster.

Only one race on the Bettendorf City Council is contested. Kylah Rasche will challenge Lisa Brown to be the council's at-large representative.

Brown and Rasche are no strangers to one another, having both submitted their names and resumes to the Council in January when it sought to appoint a replacement for former Alderman Gary Mohr, who resigned after being elected to represent District 94 in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Brown was ultimately selected after the council went through three elimination rounds to make its selection.

In Bettendorf's two other races, Aldermen Scott Naumann, 2nd Ward, and Greg Adamson, 4th Ward, are running unopposed.

Early voting for Davenport, Bettendorf, Eldridge, LeClaire, Blue Grass, Walcott, Long Grove and Riverdale ends 5 p.m. Monday.

In those cities, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Early voting in Buffalo, Dixon, Donahue, Maysville, McCausland, New Liberty, Panorama Park and Princeton ends at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

In those cities, polls will be open from noon to 8 p.m.

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