Brant Walker leading Alton mayoral race

12:35 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) - The mayor of Alton said the election is too close to call and will wait for the official outcome on April 23 to know if he should concede.

Mayor Tom Hoechst released a statement that write-in candidate Brant Walker leads him by two-tenths of one percentage point, or 74 votes.

The Madison County Clerk's Office said Tom Hoechst received 1,779 votes in the election April 9.

Walker has not declared victory and the Brant Walker for Mayor Facebook page indicates he will not until the votes are certified later this month.

If he wins, he will be the first mayoral write-in candidate to win the mayoral race since the 1970s.

According to the Alton Telegraph, the Alton electoral Board kicked Walker off the ballot, then by a judge during his appeal. A Hoechst supporter had challenged Walker's eligibility as a candidate because he had delinquent trash and sewer bills on a rental property he owns.

Hoechst released a statement regarding the results:

"Whether the two tenths of one percentage point (74 votes) I currently trail by can be made up I don't currently know, and won't know, until April 23rd. Just as Mr. Walker has not yet declared victory, I can not yet concede, because all the ballots have not been counted and certified.

"Once the ballots are certified on April 23 I will evaluate the results and promptly make a decision about moving forward. It is not my intention to drag this process out, however, given how close the margin is I have no choice but to wait until the 23rd to ensure all ballots have been accurately counted.

"I want to thank my family, friends, staff and volunteers for all of their hard work the past few months. I ask the voters patience as the official ballot counting process proceeds over the coming days."


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