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DECISION 2013: Moore defeats Spring in Quincy mayoral race

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

The city of Quincy will welcome in a new mayor.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting in Adams County, Republican Kyle Moore defeated Democratic incumbent John Spring, receiving 5,690 votes to Spring's 4,402.

Moore will be Quincy's first Republican mayor since 1985. He said finding bringing jobs to the city is a top priority.

"We need good paying jobs for Quincy," Moore said. "There are over 1,800 people unemployed and countless people underemployed. We need to begin to work tomorrow on their behalf to make sure they can have a life fulfilling career right here.

Spring conceded the race Tuesday evening, saying it's difficult to lose, but saying that Quincy was his city and home and that he was proud of all three of his campaigns.

"This is just another thing," Spring said. "I've dealt with a lot of things in my life. I've had open heart surgery, I've had prostate cancer, this is pretty minor on that scale."

Just over 34 percent of registered voters in Adams County took place in Tuesday's municipal elections, with 15,517 of the 45,592 eligible voters casting ballots. 

In the Quincy school board race, Richard McNay, Sheldon Bailey and Sayeed Ali all won seats on the board. In Camp Point, Jerry Gunn won the Village President race by the slimmest of margins, defeating Richard Dieterle 163-162.

In Hancock County, voters again turned down a bond issue to help finance a new building for Illini West High School, with 1,615 "no" votes to 713 "yes" votes. Voters also denied a tax hike for the Nauvoo-Colusa Education fund with 514 "no" votes to 199 "yes" votes.

Over in Pike County, the wife got the better end of a race between her and her husband in the Martinsburg Township Clerk race. Republican candidate Joni Schilieper defeated her husband, Adam, the Democratic candidate, 81-46.

Thirteen communities had electrical aggregation questions on their ballots, with Mt. Sterling and Payson voting "no" to those questions.

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