Galesburg re-elected Mayor John Pritchard on April 4, 2017. Unofficial totals from the City of Galesburg’s Election Commission indicated that Pritchard won 57.51 percent of the vote in the city, with 2,557 votes. Challenger Walt McAllister won 42.49 percent of the vote with 1,889 votes.
Pritchard celebrated at Iron Spike Brewing Company with supporters, according to the Galesburg Register-Mail. He ran on the platform of creating job opportunities and economic growth in the city.
“I think whether you ran for mayor or alderman or whatever, I think the job issue was foremost in voters’ minds,” Pritchard told the Register-Mail.
The Election Commission’s unofficial totals indicate that a total of 4,483 ballots were cast, for a 23.85 percent turnout rate of Galesburg’s 18,793 total registered voters.
McAllister sought public office for the first time in this election and focused on creating policies that would attract new residents to Galesburg and keep current ones, including Knox and Carl Sandburg College students. He proposed opening a community center and investing in technology and alternative energy.
McAllister gathered with supporters Tuesday night at Q’s Cafe, which he owns.
“We ran the campaign we wanted to run; we got our message out, and that probably resonated. We think that we can move this town forward in a positive manner, and I think a lot of people saw that, and hopefully it’ll inspire other people to continue to speak positively,” McAllsiter said, according to the Register-Mail.
McAllister’s campaign Facebook page was also updated with a statement for supporters: