Quincy firefighter slated to run as Democrat in 6th Ward aldermanic race

Posted: Jan. 23, 2013 10:53 am Updated: Nov. 28, 2014 9:16 pm

Adams County Democrats will appoint a Quincy firefighter to opposed 6th Ward Republican Alderman Dan Brink in the April 9 municipal election.

Ross Miller, chairman of the Adams County Democratic Central Committee, said the committee voted to put Jerry Smith on the ballot. No Democrat filed for the position during the November filing period, and parties have until Jan. 30 to slate candidates for open ballot spots.

Smith has been a firefighter since June 1998, and he served on the Adams County Board in District 1 from March 2007 to June 2009.

Illinois law allows firefighters to hold elective office as long as they are not in uniform or on duty while conducting business related to the office.

Brink, 50, was first elected to the City Council in 2009 by defeating John Veith.

Both Miller and Adams County Republican Central Committee Chairman Jim Perry said they have no other candidates to slate by the Jan. 30 deadline.