Patton welcomes SIU-Edwardsville students as November election fast approaches
State Senate candidate Hal Patton has been busy in the tri-county area ahead of November’s general election for the 56th District seat.
The Edwardsville mayor and dentist recently took to social media to welcome incoming students to the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville campus.
“Higher education plays a key role in our community,” Patton posted on Facebook.
Patton is challenging Democrat Rachelle Aud Crowe as a Downstate United Party candidate. His original Republican campaign ended when a judge ruled he filed too late to be on the ballot.
As mayor of Edwardsville, Patton oversaw the lowest unemployment rate in Illinois with the addition of 3,000 new jobs, the resulting tax revenue from which was spent on infrastructure projects, Patton’s campaign website states.
Patton also discussed a $10,000 donation made to the Edwardsville City Council by Whitley’s Wishes, a charity named in memory of 13-year-old Whitley Sue Hedger, who died of brain cancer.
“Happy to have had the opportunity to work with Whitley's mother to improve the playground at Vadalabene Park in honor of Whitley's wishes,” Patton wrote on Facebook.
The 56th Senate District includes all or parts of Alton, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Fairview Heights, Granite City and Wood River.