Quincy firefighter slated in 6th Ward is only addition to April 9 ballot

Posted: Jan. 30, 2013 6:55 pm Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 7:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

A Quincy firefighter has been officially slated as the Democratic candidate in the Quincy City Council race in the 6th Ward.

Jerry Smith will face Alderman Dan Brink, a Republican, in the April 9 general election. The Adams County Democratic Central Committee voted to put Jerry Smith on the ballot earlier this month.

The city clerk's office said Smith, who filed last week, was the only person who was slated by a party before Wednesday's deadline.

Brink, 50, was first elected to the city council in 2009 by defeating John Veith. He is the collections manager at First Bankers Trust.

Smith has been a firefighter with the Quincy Fire Department since June 1998, and he has 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.

The only primary needed in the municipal elections this year is for the Republican nomination for alderman in the 3rd Ward. The Feb. 26 primary will feature Jared Holbrook, an employee of FedEx; Ken Hultz, owner of Hultz's We Care Auto Car; and Rich Nichols, who works for Colony Inc.

The winner will face Democrat Mike Martin in the general election.