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No one objected to his candidacy, so Edwardsville mayor will be on the ballot

Belleville News Democrat

Tuesday, July 3, 2018  |  Article  |  By Kelsey Landis

Candidates--Legislative (11)
No one objected to signatures gathered by Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton by a Monday deadline, meaning his name will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot in the race for state senator.

Opponents could have filed objections by 5 p.m. Monday to the legitimacy of signatures Patton gathered, but no one did, according to Matt Dietrich, a spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections.

Patton needed 5,201 valid voter signatures to qualify as a third-party candidate. He gathered more than 9,000.

Patton's name was originally kicked off the March Republican primary ticket after he signed a petition for Democratic state Rep. Katie Stuart, violating Illinois election law by signing for a candidate in another political party.

Patton was forced to file as a third-party candidate to get his name back on the ballot. His self-formed party is called Downstate United.

The 56th state Senate district includes parts of St. Clair, Madison and Jersey counties.

Patton recently made headlines when a 10-year-old photo of him in blackface during a Halloween party surfaced.