Fletcher challenges Entrup in Republican primary for 1st ward seat

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In Quincy’s 1st ward, two republicans are seeking their party’s nomination for the seat.

1st ward alderman Eric Entrup is seeking re-election.

He said he wants to continue to build on the work he’s done in his first term but he anticipates challenges with balancing the city’s budget.

“There’s always lots of good ideas out there,” said Entrup. “It’s just a matter of managing which way you’re going to go as a city and what things are important to the most people in this city and what things we want to maybe sacrifice on and what things we don’t.”

Entrup said improving infrastructure is something he plans to focus on if re-elected.

He said the biggest problem facing the 1st ward is blighted buildings in their neighborhoods.

“The fix or flatten program, I think works well,” said Entrup. “I just want to try to find ways to speed it up and try to take on more at one time.”

That’s something fellow republican and challenger, Greg Fletcher said he is concerned with, as well.

However, he said the number one issue for the 1st ward is taxes.

“Of course the water bills have been very controversial with the trash and the recycling and all that,” said Fletcher. “A lot of these people every time they turn around, they’re getting dinged with another fee, another tax and a lot of these people are on fixed incomes.”

Fletcher said if he is to take over the 1st ward seat, he plans to do things differently than Entrup.

“I’m going to get out and I’m going to get to know these people,” said Fletcher. “Me and my wife have decided come spring summer and fall when the weather is nice, we’re going to go to these people’s block parties.”

Election day for this primary is Tuesday. Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

In Illinois, you can register to vote the same day as an election. To do that, you must bring two forms of identification.One of those must have your current address.

Brett Knese

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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