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Swanson re-elected in landslide

Mayor expected closer race against Alderman Posey

PROPHETSTOWN – Mayor Steve Swanson was re-elected to a second term Tuesday, taking more than two-thirds of the vote.

The 60-year-old won with 322 votes, or 68 percent, while his opponent, Alderman Al Posey, got 155 votes.

“I’m very happy,” Swanson said Tuesday night. “I thought it may be closer than what it is. I had a lot of support. The last 4 years as mayor here spoke for itself.”

All other city offices on the ballot were unopposed.

In the mayoral race, about a fifth of the city’s entire population voted.

Elected in 2009, Swanson has lived nearly his entire life in Prophetstown, with the exception of some years in Tampico, where he also served as mayor. He said Prophetstown had accomplished much during his term as mayor.

For the last 10 years, Posey, 62, has served on the City Council – 8 of which he was also mayor pro tem. He said he wanted to see more business come to town, expressing frustration with empty storefronts.

“Some of our businesses are moving out of town. I think I can promote Prophetstown a lot better. I know a lot of people,” he said in a recent interview.

Swanson, for his part, credited the local Main Street organization and other groups with improving Prophetstown, saying the town has many events, including one of the best Fourth of July celebrations in the area.

“To offer all that, we have to stay on top of infrastructure,” the mayor said in a recent interview. “We’ve done a lot of work on the infrastructure – the water, the sewer. Most of our infrastructure is very, very old, like in every town. It’s been out of sight and neglected.”

Posey, who has lived in Prophetstown since 1976, agreed that Main Street has worked hard.

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