All three mayoral candidates will remain on the April ballot in Bethalto following a pair of hearings on Monday at Village Hall. The Municipal Officers Electoral Board heard two challenges from Howard “Whitey” Lewis, who called into question portions of the petitions submitted by both Clyde W. Jones and Alan Winslow.
In both cases, the objections centered around the addresses listed by the candidates on different parts of the petitions and the requirement to list certain information within the statement of candidacy. The M.O.E.B. voted to disallow three pages of signatures from the application of Clyde Jones, reducing the number of accepted signatures to 90, which still meets the minimum requirement to get on the ballot.
Jones says the appeal may have helped his bid for mayor.
Alan Winslow’s name will also remain on the ballot after the board voted to disallow three of Lewis’ four objections to Winslow’s application. The only one sustained reduced the number of signatures on Winslow’s petition by two, to 129.
The board’s decisions will be finalized on Wednesday morning during a special meeting at Village Hall, and once that is done, Lewis says he will pursue an additional appeal through a Judicial Review done by the Madison County Clerk’s Office.