Midterm election decides General Assembly, clerk race, others
Madison County Clerk Debbie Ming-Mendoza staved off a challenge from Republican Stephen J. Adler, retaining her seat by 53-47 margin, in the Nov. 6 general election.
Ming-Mendoza walked away with 54,606 votes versus Adler’s 48,154, according to Madison County's unofficial election results. However, the county board remained in GOP hands.
Voters also decided three state Senate races.
Republican Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton lost his 56th District bid to succeed retiring state Sen. Bill Haine (D-Alton), drawing 29,467 votes with 42 percent of the vote to challenger Rachelle Aud Crowe’s 40,567 with 58 percent of the vote.
Democrat Christopher Belt in District 57 will succeed Sen. James Clayborne (D-Belleville), defeating Tayna Hildenbrand by a 72-28 margin. Belt had 2,498 votes to Hildenbrand's 960 votes.
In the 54th District, Republican Jason Plummer will replace Kyle McCarter after defeating Brian Stout by a 66-34 margin. Plummer had 13,135 votes to Stout's 6,765 votes.
In the House, several area Democrat incumbents held off GOP challengers. Incumbent Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Godfrey) won over Mike Babcock, state Rep. Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville) held off Dwight Kay, state Rep. Jay C. Hoffman (D-Swansea) beat Doug Jameson, and David Friess was unable to unseat state Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Smithon).
Four Illinois counties had referendums and advisory questions on this year’s ballot. In Madison and St. Clair counties, voters overwhelmingly chose to dismantle the Collinsville Area Recreation District by an 80-20 margin. The results were 10,571 votes in favor to 2,624 votes opposed.
A measure to issue bonds for the Smithton Community School District 130 narrowly failed, with 1,158 voting no versus 1,141 approving, according to the Belleville News-Democrat.
Two similar measures prevailed to raise money for fire departments. Voters approved a measure levying taxes for the Columbia Fire Protection District, with 3,929 yes votes and 2,169 against. Voters in the Villa Hills Fire Protection District likewise approved a bond issue for funding, with 651 votes in favor and only 208 no votes.
Another referendum that voters passed will allow St. Clair Township to charge residents in unincorporated areas for sewer service. The tally was 9,690 in favor versus 4,879 against.
Madison County now has three decisions on ballot questions put before voters, according to unofficial county election results. Madison County is now a gun sanctuary county by a 67-33 percent margin, and the county no longer has a Recorder of Deeds; voters eliminated it by a 65-35 split. In addition, 92 percent of Madison voters approved a bill requiring an advisory referendum for all county government decisions that incur bond debt.
Fosterburg’s Water Board will now have elected trustees instead of appointed ones, with 86 percent of voters approving. Godfrey Township will be dissolved, a measure that carried by a 63-37 split. Alton Township, however, will remain, as 4,733 voters chose to keep it intact versus 3,586 yes votes to dissolve.
The board of Chester Community School District 139 will be elected rather than appointed from 2019 on, with 1,925 voters approving and 920 voting no. Randolph County is now a gun sanctuary county, with 9,835 voters approving whereas only 1,970 voted no.