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In Alton, challenger David Goins has beaten incumbent Brant Walker in the mayor’s contest. The final tally was 2,021 – 1,625, or 55% - 45% of the vote.
Click here to listen to an interview with David Goins
City Clerk Mary Boulds did not seek re-election and will be stepping away to spend time with her husband, 7th Ward Alderman David Boulds, who is also not seeking another term. The new clerk will be Cheryl Ingle, who captured 34.5% of the vote. Steven Kimbrough Sr. finished second with 31%, Dan Herkert had 22%, and Lori Bockholt got 12%.
Looking at the Aldermanic races:
In the 2nd Ward, incumbent Carolyn MacAfee defeated Steve Potter by 23 votes, 52% to 48%. Incumbent Mike Velloff did not run for re-election in the 3rd Ward. Raymond Strebel will take his seat, having beat three challengers with 39%. Mike Drake got 24%, Robert Wayne Harris got 21%, and Ayron Dewayne Womack got 15%. In Ward 4, incumbent Tammy Smith was unseated by Rosetta Brown 57% - 43%. 5th Ward Alderman Charles Brake retains his seat with 52% of the vote, compared to Michael Batchelor’s 35% and Brian Bergin’s 13%. The 7th Ward was a race between newcomers Patty Ford and Nate Keener, with Keener carrying 61% of the vote.