Ali Takes Slim Lead In Updated Peoria Mayoral Election Results

Apr 8, 2021

Updated results posted by the Peoria County Election Commission on Thursday afternoon have flipped and tightened Peoria’s mayoral race.

At-large city council member Rita Ali now holds a 23-vote advantage over District 4 representative Jim Montelongo, with 16,496 ballots counted. On Election Night, Montelongo led by 73 votes out of the 16,002 tabulated. The new results came from recently received vote-by-mail ballots.

Ballots postmarked by April 6 – Election Day – are valid. Election Commission executive director Tom Bride said counting will continue on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of next week, with a final count on April 20 and the results finalized the following day.

Either Ali or Montelongo will make history in replacing four-term mayor Jim Ardis. Ali would be the first Black woman to hold the office, while Montelongo would be the first Latinx mayor.

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