Rock Island Mayor Pauley not running for re-election.

Mayor Pauley.
Mayor Pauley.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) — In a statement to the media, two term Rock Island Mayor Dennis Pauley says he is not seeking re-election.

“It has been a great honor to serve the citizens of Rock Island for the past twelve years, four as Third Ward Alderman and the past eight as Mayor”, said Mayor Pauley. “I retired from my full-time job last year and now plan to pursue other interests.”

In the announcement, Pauley also outlined some of his accomplishments during his time in office:

• Working as liquor commissioner to change the culture of the downtown, eliminating negative influences. There have been more than 20 ribbon cuttings in the downtown over the past two years, bringing a wide variety of businesses to that area.

• Made several appointments of women and other minorities to various boards and commissions

• Worked with the Safer Communities Task Force to identify the need and built a new police station

• Have seen new developments such as CVS, Green Thumb Industries, FedEx, the expansion of Hawk Technology and the relocation of Missman, Inc.’s world headquarters to the newly created Blackhawk Commons

• Worked with Renaissance Rock Island to increase the living units especially in the downtown area.

Mayor Pauley faced criticism when the Jumer’s Crossing and Walmart development projects fell through in the last couple of years.

The election for Rock Island mayor is scheduled to take place on April 4, 2017. If more than four candidates file, a primary will be held February 28, 2017.

Fourth ward alderman Stephen Tollenaer and Michael Thoms both have announced their intention to run for Pauley’s seat.

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