By MATT HOPF
Herald-Whig Staff Writer
Ten candidates turned in petitions Monday, the first day of the eight-day filing period of municipal elections in Quincy.
As expected, Democratic incumbent John Spring and Republican challenger Kyle Moore filed mayoral petitions.
Spring is seeking to become just the third person to be elected to three consecutive terms as mayor. His predecessor, Chuck Scholz, served from 1993-2005, and John A. Steinbach served from 1895-1906. Steinbach also served again from 1909-1910.
The longest-serving mayor in terms of years in office was Leo Lenane, who served from 1933-41 and again from 1953-61.
Moore, completing his first four-year term as a 3rd Ward alderman, is seeking to become the first Republican to win the post since C. David Nuessen was elected to a second term in 1981.
Quincy Township Deputy Supervisor Cindy Brink filed petitions for township supervisor as a Republican. Current Supervisor Steve Schrage announced in August that he would not seek a seventh term. He has worked for the township since 1978 and was first elected supervisor in 1989.
When Brink, 48, first took out petitions, she said she had not decided whether to run as a Democrat or a Republican. She said it was a difficult decision after working with Schrage, a Democrat, since 1993.
"I just felt that is where I needed to be and where my beliefs lie," Brink said.
Township Assessor Roy Points, a Democrat, also filed for re-election.
In the 1st Ward, incumbent Alderman Virgil Goehl, a Democrat, and Republican Ronnie McKenzie, owner of Chicago Market, filed petitions Monday. Goehl was first elected in 1993.
Jared Holbrook, a FedEx employee, filed as a Republican for Moore's seat in the 3rd Ward. Businessman and current Quincy Park Board Commissioner Tom Ernst and Ken Hultz, owner of Hultz's We Care Auto Care, also have expressed interest in running for that seat as Republicans. Democrat petitions were taken out by Mike Martin, who previously filed to run for the Adams County Board in District 4, but withdrew from the race before the Nov. 7 election.
Also filing petitions Monday were three other incumbents: City Clerk Jenny Hayden, 2nd Ward Alderman Dave Bauer and 6th Ward Aldermen Dan Brink. Hayden and Bauer are Democrats seeking third terms, and Dan Brink is a Republican finishing his first term.
Candidates have until next Monday to file for the February primary. The clerk's office will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Independent candidates can file from Dec. 17-24.