Belleville election results 2019: City Council competitions

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Mark Kern, Mark Eckert returns as a candidate competing for the Belleville municipal council

St. Clair County, Illinois, chairman of the board Mark Kern gave the campaign donation to the candidates of the running City Council against the people supported by the Mayor of Belleville Mark Eckert in the April 2 elections 2019.

St. Clair County, Illinois, chairman of the board Mark Kern gave the campaign donation to the candidates of the running City Council against the people supported by the Mayor of Belleville Mark Eckert in the April 2 elections 2019.

Chris Rothweiler is the apparent winner of the competition for Ward 6 councilor in Belleville, which collected 14 votes by correspondence. Andrew Gaa received only four correspondence votes, according to the counts of the St. Clair County Chancellor's Office.

This brings the total Rothweiler votes to 313. Gaa now has 310 votes, according to the unofficial totals. After election night, Gaa had an advantage of seven votes.

Correspondence votes were counted on Tuesday morning at the St. Clair County Court. The votes have yet to be certified by the Illinois State Election Council.

The employee of St. Clair County, Tom Holbrook, had to wait 14 days before counting the votes for the April 2 elections.

Neither candidate could be reached immediately for comment.

The Belleville race was highlighted by the donation of the St. Clair County council chairman Mark Kern of $ 5,600 and the donation of his mother of $ 10,000 to the Friends and Families political action committee for Belleville, which was set up to support three city council candidates: Rothweiler, Randy Randolph and Bryan Whitaker. These candidates criticized the administration of Mayor Mark Eckert.

Meanwhile, Gaa was approved by Eckert, who said he had donated about $ 300 to Gaa and Joe Hazel and Carmen Duco, two other candidates who faced Friends and Families for Belleville candidates.

Kern did not comment on why he supported the anti-Eckert candidates while Eckert said he did not know why the Kern family invested $ 15,600 in supported candidates who criticized him.

It was Kern who appointed Eckert as the Mayor's post in 2004 after winning the County Board president's bid.

Joseph Bustos is the political state and journalist of Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to keep elected officials responsible and provide context for the decisions they make. He has won numerous awards from the Illinois Press Association for sales referendum coverage.


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