In Ward 3, there are two republican candidates running for the
office of alderman; Todd Mourning and Wanda Lee Rohlfs.
According to Logan County Clerk and Recorder Sally Turner, because
there is only one contended race, polling will be conducted at the
Logan County Courthouse and voting will take place on paper ballots
instead of optical ballots.
Turner said recently that because there is only one race, and the
expectation of very low voter turnout, there will be a significant
cost saving in conducting the primary in this manner. She also noted
that this process is approved by the state of Illinois under these
As part of the election process, voters will express their
preference for alderman on a paper ballot at the courthouse. There
will be three judges appointed to the election, two republicans, and
one democrat. The judges will be chosen by lot and will be residents
of Ward 3.
At the end of the day, ballots will be counted by hand by the
judges, and results will be posted, probably no later than 8 p.m.
Todd Mourning was recently appointed to the Lincoln City Council to
complete the term of Alderman Tom O’Donohue, who tendered his
resignation from the council effective December 15th.
Mourning, originally from Jerseyville, moved to Lincoln in 2003 with
his family. He is employed at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in
Lincoln. As the Manager of Rehabilitation Services, Mourning
oversees Dietician and Cardiology/Respiratory programs at the
hospital and manages a staff of 35 clinical and non-clinical
He, wife Linda and children Tate, Levi, and Hattie and been actively
involved in the 'From the Ground Up' projects in Lincoln. In 2013,
they were named as a family as one of the city’s Citizens of the
Mourning is currently a member of the city of Lincoln Planning
Commission. As a side bar, Mourning’s oldest son Tate was chosen to
represent the youth component on the committee that drafted the plan
for the APEX (Area for Personal Enrichment and eXercise) at City
Center. Tate is the one who named the proposed health park at the
sight of the former Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital.
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Wanda Lee Rohlfs is a native of Logan County. She is married
to Logan County Board member Gene Rohlfs. Wanda Lee is a former
teacher at Lincoln Community High School and the former director
of Main Street Lincoln.
She served as Ward 4 alderman from May
2005 through April of 2009, when she was defeated in the alderman
race by Nathan Turner.
In addition to her aldermanic and Main Street Lincoln positions,
Rohlfs has been involved with a number of local organizations. She
is also a member of the Abraham Lincoln Statue Committee that just
recently successfully completed fundraising efforts for the new
statue to be placed on the Logan County Courthouse lawn this coming
According to the city clerk, Susan Gehlbach, those who have also
filed petitions for aldermanic positions open this coming year
include incumbents Scott Cooper for Ward 1, Michelle Bauer for Ward
2, and Marty Neitzel for Ward 4.
Cooper was appointed to his position by Mayor Keith Snyder in April
of 2014 as a replacement for Bruce Carmitchel. Bauer was sworn into
office in January of 2014 as a replacement for David Wilmert.
Neitzel is the longest serving alderman up for re-election. Neitzel
was appointed to the Ward 5 (now Ward 4) position in 2002. She
technically lost her first election in 2003, but the council had
lost both Ward 5 aldermen that year, so she was re-appointed to the
council. Since that time, Neitzel has run unopposed.
The deadline for filing petitions for the upcoming city election is