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Quincy's 5th Ward has new Alderman

Quincy's 5th Ward has new Alderman

2 months, 1 week ago by Scott Hardy

John Mast's nomination approved by City Council

The Quincy City Council has approved a new alderman in the city's 5th Ward, for a seat that was vacant for a month.  

Monday night, the Council voted to name realtor John Mast to the Council. The vote was 8 yes, and 4 other aldermen voting present. Mayor Kyle Moore nominated Mast Friday to take the vacated seat, that's been open since Terry Traeder announced in early May that he would not be able to serve on the Council, citing a health issue. Moore first nominated insurance agency owner Mark Freiburg to the empty seat, but he withdrew his nomination last week over a possible legal challenge, concerning his stock ownership in a business that has a city liquor license. That violates city law, but not state law. Moore said after the meeting that the four present votes were a way for the aldermen to show their support for Freiburg. Mast, who will serve until 2021, says he was first contacted about the seat after Traeder stepped down, and said he was one of several candidates.  

Moore says he's also interviewed several potential candidates to replace former 1st Ward Alderman Virgil Goehl, who stepped down last Monday after over 30 years on the Council. Moore says he's shared the names of those candidates with Adams County Democrats.

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