Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst says by belt-tightening, he was able to weather the financial storm he inherited in 2009 without raising taxes. He hopes that is one of the factors voters take into consideration when they go to the polls next spring to choose who will guide Alton's path over the next four years. The mayor officially kicked off his re-election campaign on Tuesday.
Hoechst says several new businesses have decided to call Alton home since he took office.
He also points to the development of a new multi-modal transportation facility and the $21-million in federal grants awarded in association with the project as a sign of the progress Alton has been making. Hoechst has one announced opponent at this time: local businessman Brant Walker, who finished second to Hoechst in the last election by about 460 votes.
Click The link below to watch the video of the Mayor's announcement.