There will be two run-off elections for Macomb city council seats.
The closest race in the February 26 primary took place in the Ward 2, where Western Illinois University student Steve Wailand edged incumbent Kay Hill, 17 to 16.
However, County Clerk Gretchen DeJaynes pointed out that in order to win outright in the Macomb primary, a candidate must earn 50% of the vote plus one. In the second ward, 33 votes were cast, which means 16.5 is equivalent to 50%. The “plus one” brings the threshold to 17.5 votes needed to win.
There are contested races for three of the four seats up for election on the Macomb City Council.
Second Ward Alderwoman Kay Hill will be challenged by Steven Wailand. Hill was appointed to the seat two years ago. Wailand is a student at Western Illinois University.
The race in the new fifth ward pits two incumbent city council members against one another. Clay Hinderliter represents the current seventh ward while Tim Lobdell is the sixth ward alderman. A third candidate – David Dunn – has also filed in the fifth ward.