It appears Alton could have a new mayor. The Madison County Clerk's office tells Z-1570 news that write-in candidate Brant Walker (pictured, left) has 1,853 votes, with incumbent Tom Hoechst (pictured, right) pulling in 1,779. Additional write-in candidate Jackie Morris had 13 votes. Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming Mendoza says there will be an election canvas on April 23 and after that it would be official, but it appears Walker has won the race for Mayor of Alton.
Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming - Mendoza:
Ming - Mendoza comments
Walker says he is a grateful man today. As for the future of city employees:
Tom Hoechst has released the following statement:
"Once the ballots are certified on April 23 I will evaluate the results and promptly make a decision about moving forward. It is not my intention to drag this process out, however, given how close the margin is I have no choice but to wait until the 23rd to ensure all ballots have been accurately counted.
I want to thank my family, friends, staff and volunteers for all of their hard work the past few months. I ask the voters patience as the official ballot counting process proceeds over the coming days."