Sunday, August 26, 2007

What it takes to run

I stopped down Friday and picked up an election packet, (NOT BECAUSE I'M GOING TO RUN FOR ANYTHING; I'M NOT) but so I could see how many signatures are required on the assorted petitions. The number is determined by taking 2% of the already-small number of people who voted in the last city election.

Here's the list for Davenport:
Mayor ------309
At-Large----260
1st Ward----35
2nd Ward---32
3rd Ward---19
4th Ward---45
5th Ward---29
6th Ward---59
7th Ward---44
8th Ward---41

All offices in Bettendorf and Eldridge require 25 signatures.

These are kind of interesting. Looking at the 6th ward, you can see one reason that many of our Mayors and At-Large Aldermen have come from there. They vote more than the rest of us. Someone from the 3rd ward would need a massive 19 signatures, but I am pretty sure that's up from the 17 that were required last time. Maybe those 2 extra names will keep us from having 10 people running for 3rd Ward again. They've also made some changes to the absentee ballot system, possibly in response to the scandals they ran into last time.

So if any of you are considering throwing your hat in the ring, there's still time. I got shuffled around City Hall so much trying to find these that I was sure someone would have posted that they saw me picking one up... For the record, no matter what the lady at the front desk tells you, the packets are in the Administration Office, not the Mayor's Office.

22 Comments:

At 8/26/2007 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone checked out Phil Yerington's website? He spells city council, counsil many times...seems pretty well educated! I can't see how we could elect any of these mayoral candidates

 
At 8/26/2007 3:30 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Yikes, there are a lot more misspellings than that. It just makes reading it all the more tough, considering that what he's writing is bad too...

 
At 8/26/2007 8:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel there is a "hold out" that will show up at the last minute. I'm sure this person will be a breath of fresh air and well educated.

 
At 8/26/2007 8:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Conservative Demo here:
If spelling and grammar counts for anything, Hammerlink would not have been elected because his website was rife with mistakes as the election was approaching.

 
At 8/26/2007 9:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am the Web Manager of www.pyerington.com and I will take full blame for any spelling errors.

Spelling errors have been corrected and I am sure we have all made a typo or two in our lives.


Thank you all for your concern.

 
At 8/26/2007 10:44 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Now if only you could correct his flawed opinions and platform...

 
At 8/26/2007 10:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many in DC benefit from grammar checking underlings, so why should local politics be different?

 
At 8/26/2007 11:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Yerington's platform is EXACTLY what this City needs!

 
At 8/27/2007 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've got to be kidding.

 
At 8/27/2007 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

quadcityimages:
You seem to think you can do much better than many of the canditates so where may I ask YOUR name is on the ballot?

Just as I thought you are ALL TALK NO ACTION

 
At 8/27/2007 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yerington is the man! The best thing about his platform is lowering the assessed values. They are way too high in Davenport.

 
At 8/27/2007 8:16 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

So... hope you like cutting police, fire, inspections, streets and sewers, or some other service.

Despite the success of Hamerlinck's '05 platform of lower taxes and fees, increase services in getting him elected... that isn't how it works.

 
At 8/27/2007 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think yerington will cut police? NOT he has been there and knows first hand what is needed

 
At 8/27/2007 8:43 PM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

So what will he cut from the operating budget?

Or I should say, try to cut, considering that he only votes in ties.

 
At 8/27/2007 9:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this today and think it says it all phil is the perfect mayor

 
At 8/27/2007 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the link didn't post

http://phil4mayor08.proboards52.com/index.cgi?board=general&action=display&thread=1188265811&page=1

 
At 8/27/2007 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cops are cretins.
Cretins do not make good mayors.

 
At 8/28/2007 6:24 AM, Blogger QuadCityImages said...

Well, I definitely have to disagree with cops being cretins. You'd definitely be sorry if there weren't any.

I still don't think Yerington should be Mayor though.

 
At 8/28/2007 7:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The best thing about his platform is lowering the assessed values."

That's a lot of hot air. The mayor has NO CONTROL over assessed values of property.

 
At 8/28/2007 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mayor can hire pressuer the City Assessor to have more reasonable assessed values, and if not, try to get him replaced.

Saying the Mayor has no control over this is like saying that the President has no control over health care, becasue only Congress can pass laws.

 
At 8/28/2007 9:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should have said

"The Mayor can pressure the City Assessor..."

 
At 8/28/2007 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:40

You obviously have no idea what you are saying and your trying to repeat the crap that Phil is spewing. Give it a rest and become educated.

 

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