Rock Island mayor will not seek re-election; two candidates announce campaign

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ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (KWQC) – Dennis Pauley will not seek a third term as mayor of Rock Island.

He tell KWQC he wishes to explore other avenues.

“Maybe do a little travel, so I’m just going to look at some other interests,” says Pauley.

While serving as mayor, he faced criticism when the Jumer’s Crossing and Walmart development projects fell through.

Pauley says this did not factor in his decision to not run again.

“In fact, with Walmart it made me want to take a closer look at running for another term cause I think there’s a lot that can be done there,” he tells KWQC.

Mike Thoms, a former executive of Thoms-Prostler, Co. says seeing those projects not succeed prompted him to run.

“You know, I saw a lot of the events that were happening that I wasn’t real happy with,” Thoms says.

The other candidate is Rock Island fourth ward alderman Stephen Tollenaer, who believes helping people is what’s most important in the role as mayor.

“Being a liason between the people and the management of the city, he explains. “Answering the call when people call and just seeing that things are done well.”

Both candidates say they want to push for a retail sales tax.

KWQC has learned there is another candidate collecting signatures as well.

All candidates must file a petition with the city clerk’s office between November 21st to the 28th. If more than four candidates file a petition, there will be a primary election on February 28, 2017.

The Rock Island mayor election will be on April 4th, 2017.

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