Holbrook, Brink, Goehl win council seats; GOP continues to hold 10-4 advantage

From left, Jared Holbrook, Dan Brink and Virgil Goehl
Posted: Apr. 9, 2013 10:31 pm Updated: Apr. 23, 2013 11:15 pm

Herald-Whig Senior Writer

The Quincy City Council will have one new face in May, and Republicans will retain a 10-4 majority.

Jared Holbrook, a Republican in his first run for political office, won by a 3-to-1 margin over Democrat Michael Martin, another political newcomer, in the 3rd Ward. They were vying for the seat left vacant with Kyle Moore's run for mayor.

"I put my head down, and I ran like I was running against somebody who was going to do everything I did," said Holbrook, who went door-to-door extensively.

Martin said his own campaign was crippled when the carpenter's union job that he holds was unexpectedly moved to Springfield in January.

"The timing was a little off, but I'll continue to do what I can and try to make the community a better place," Martin said.

Two incumbent aldermen faced challenges and both won.

Dan Brink, a Republican, withstood a strong challenge in Quincy's 6th Ward, edging Democratic challenger Jerry Q. Smith by 95 votes.

"I feel confident my work the last four years has been good for the city of Quincy," Brink said. "I have always been a bipartisan alderman. There's not a Republican or a Democratic way to fix potholes."

Smith, a Quincy firefighter, said he hopes Brink "gets the message" that people want better streets, curbs, gutters and service from their alderman.

"I made the rounds knocking on doors in the ward twice, and I made it to some three times. I have two and a half pages of people's concerns," Smith said.

Virgil Goehl, D-1, received 857 votes to win re-election. Ronnie McKenzie, a Republican challenger who ran a write-in campaign, received 40 votes.

"I know most of the people who live" in the ward, Goehl said during his campaign.

McKenzie had filed as a Republican, but withdrew his candidacy after he was deemed ineligible due to a felony conviction. McKenzie then filed as a write-in candidate, saying his conviction in Wisconsin would not affect his run for office in Illinois.

"I will congratulate Mr. Goehl on his re-election. I hope this election will be for the betterment of the city and the betterment of the kids," he said.

McKenzie also ran unsuccessfully for a seat on the Quincy School Board.