The Bethalto Municipal Officers Electoral Board’s decision to allow both Clyde W. Jones and Alan Winslow to remain on the April ballot has been finalized with the signing of a written order this morning at Village Hall. Both candidates’ petitions had been challenged previously by a third candidate, Howard “Whitey” Lewis, who now plans to take his case to the Madison County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Both challenges examined portions of the petitions that Lewis claimed had been filled out incorrectly or been left blank. Part of Lewis’ new appeal may focus on a potential conflict of interest against Mayor Steve Bryant, who chaired both of the M.O.E.B.’s hearings on Monday. Bryant says that he doesn’t expect that to hold up during the review process.
The M.O.E.B. acknowledged several of Lewis’ points of contention and voted to disallow three pages of signatures from the application of Clyde Jones. Two names were also stricken from the petition of Alan Winslow. However, neither decision resulted in either of the candidates being removed from the ballot.