One of the most active political seasons in years is playing out in Alton, and last night, the candidates in contested races had a chance to address their constituents.  A public forum at the Alton Holiday Inn was standing room only, and while aldermanic candidates had the floor for the first part of the evening, the Mayoral candidates stole the show in the second half of the event.

One of the major topics was crime in the city.  Mayor Tom Hoechst (pictured, right):

Hoechst comments

Write-in candidate Brant Walker (pictured, left) says the stats don't tell the whole story.

Walker comments

Another write-in candidate, Jackie Morris, had some advice.

Morris comments

The consolidated election is now less than five weeks away, on April 9.

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