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By Kent Larsen

Mormon Candidate Loses in Nauvoo, Margin Makes Registration Complaints Moot

NAUVOO, ILLINOIS -- Don Capener, an LDS man seeking to be elected the first Mormon mayor of Nauvoo in more than 20 years lost his challenge to incumbent Tom Wilson, giving Wilson his third term in office. Wilson's margin of victory made moot the charges that some LDS Church members, apparently those temporarily in Nauvoo working on severa LDS Church projects, were not allowed to register to vote.

The Hancock County clerk's office released the results of the election last night, giving Wilson 349 votes to Capener's 137, a difference that was as much as 10 times the number of registration complaints filed. The complaints alleged that registration officials had made unreasonable documentation requirements of those seeking to vote.

Wilson told the Burlington Hawk Eye that the city council will be faced with difficult zoning issues and that an ordinance will soon be presented for approval. Related ordinances will most likely route bus and truck traffic away from downtown Nauvoo. The city will also try to re-negotiate the Declaration of Understanding with Nauvoo temple officials in two years.

Capener blamed his loss on the fact that he has only lived in town for three years, "I had a number of people when I was out campaigning that said I would make a great mayor, but they couldn't vote for me because their family would kill them because I am Mormon. You, obviously, want people to vote their conscience and there were a lot people that did that but not enough to put me over the top." He also said that his Democratic opponents made sure to get out the vote Tuesday afternoon, running a van between the town's senior center and the polling stations.

The Illinois State Board of Elections is still investigating the charges that Mormon voters weren't allowed to register, but Hancock County Clerk Kerry Asbridge said that only 20 to 30 people were not allowed to vote because they weren't able to establish Illinois residency.


Mayor returned in Nauvoo race
Burlington IA Hawk Eye 4Apr01 T2
By Jason Kristufek: The Hawk Eye


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