Candidates for elected office in the city of Alton have filed their petitions and the ballot positions have been set.  There will be three candidates for mayor, and one open seat on the City Council to be filled after an incumbent decides not to run.  Three other council seats will have challengers facing the current office holder.  The Alton City Clerk and Treasurer will not face a challenge in April.

Mayor Tom Hoechst will run again, as will two challengers Brant Walker and Edna Johnson.  Walker ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2009, and Johnson lost in a run for mayor in 2005.  In the race for city council, 2nd Ward Alderman Mick McCahill is not running again, so candidates Carolyn MacAfee, Beth Johnes and Monica Mason will be on the ballot.  In the 1st Ward, incumbent Jim Ryan is being challenged by Cheryl Rauschkolb.  In Ward 3, incumbent Michael Velloff will face a challenge from Darrell McGibany.  In Ward 5, incumbent Charlie Brake is being challenged by Brad Kreider.  In the 7th Ward, alderman David Boulds will be challenged by Gary King and Ray Morales.  Alderman Alice Martin and Gary Flemming are unopposed, as are Alton City Clerk Mary Boulds and Treasurer Cindy Roth.

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