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Andre Allen Appearing Alone on April Ballot After Kouri Formally Withdraws

Andre Allen is running for the District 4 seat on the Peoria City Council.
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Andre Allen is running for the District 4 seat on the Peoria City Council.

Andre Allen will appear alone on the April 6 general election ballot for voters in the City of Peoria's 4th Council District.

The Peoria County Election Commission says Steve Kouri formally withdrew from the race before ballot printing began.

Kouri came in first place in the February primary, with more than 50% of the vote. Allen came in second, with 42.8%. Third-place finisher Patricia Melaik drew 6.7%.

But Kouri withdrew from the race after accepting an appointment to the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Allen is dean of students at Methodist College and the chairman of the Peoria Advisory Committee on Police-Community Relations. He came up just short of winning an at-large city council seat in 2019, placing sixth in a contest with five open seats and 10 candidates.

Incumbent 4th District councilman Jim Montelongo is running for mayor.

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Tim Shelley is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.