School Districts Lose Big In Metro East Elections
EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KMOX) – School districts in the Metro East were the big losers in Tuesday’s citywide elections.
In O’Fallon, a property tax increase for District 90 was rejected by more than 1,000 votes. In Fairview Heights, a property tax increase for the Grant School District was also rejected, leaving the district to borrow money to get through next year. A $12 million building bonds issue to build a new middle school was also turned down in the Smithton School District.
Election judges will resume counting ballots in Alton Wednesday as a couple of write-in candidates are giving the incumbent mayor a run for his job.
As of right now the race is still too close to call. Because he was the only candidate on the ballot, the Madison County Clerk’s website shows, with all 25 precincts counted, only Mayor Tom Hoescht’s 1,779 votes.
But based on other Alton races, some 3,000 were cast in the city yesterday and challenger Brant Walker tells the Alton Telegraph one thousand votes from early voting have not been counted yet.
Walker and Jackie Morris both ran against Hoestch as write-in candidates.
In other Metro East mayoral races Belleville Mayor Mark Eckert kept his job with 40 percent of the vote. He beat Joe Hayden in a close race.
Edwardsville voters elected Hal Patton their new mayor. He won over Barb Stamer by 600 votes. In Roxana, Paul Oller was the winner; in South Roxana it was Kenny Beasley.
Lebanon voters elected Richard Wilken from a field of six. In Caseyville, Len Black beat George Chance. In Columbia, Kevin Hutchinson won the mayoral race.
In Clinton County the mayor’s race in Carlyle went to challenger Mike Burton over incumbent Jan Fauke.
A full list of Madison County election results can be found here.