Reaction to Quincy City Council super majority
Wed, 06 Apr 2011 20:42:38 GMT —
About 23 percent of Adams County voters went to the polls Tuesday.
That's higher than expected, and it brought about a political landscape change on the Quincy City Council.
After almost 60 years of Democrats in the majority, voters elected three Republicans Tuesday night ... and that puts the GOP in the majority.
Jim Whitfield found out how Republicans and Democrats feel about this change.
The last time Republicans controlled the Quincy city council, Harry Truman was the president of the United States and George Meyer was the mayor. When the new aldermen are sworn in next month, Republicans will hold a 10-to-four super majority. Third ward alderman Kyle Moore is one of them.
"I don't think anybody wants to push a certain agenda. So I think if we get back to our police, our fire, our infrastructure, our street and sewers. I think were all going to work together great."
One of the longest-serving Democrats on the council now, Virgil Goehl, said, "The election is over and politics is over. We need to work for the city."
For many years, the Democratic party controlled both the Quincy mayor's office and the council. The last Republican to serve as Quincy mayor was Dave Nuessen from 1977 to 1984 ... he served with a democratic-controlled council for all eight years.
Quincy Mayor John Spring, a Democrat, now will serve with mostly Republicans on the council. When we spoke with him, he told us, "I do what I feel is the best for the community and 99% of the time the council has agreed."
The new council members will be sworn in on May 2nd.