Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Belleville's Mayor Announces Slate of Candidates for April

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Belleville's Mayor Announces Slate of Candidates for April

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Belleville Mayor Roger C. Cook, head of the Belleville Progressive Party, announced his slate of candidates and party platform Thursday for the municipal election April 1.

The announcement sets up what is expected to be a spirited battle between two full slates in the Metro East area's biggest municipality.

Alderman Mark Kern announced Monday that he would oppose Cook for mayor, heading a full slate under the Neighborhoods for Good Government Party banner. Both parties say they can improve streets and sewers, keep the city on solid financial footing and reduce crime. Each is fielding candidates for mayor, city clerk, city treasurer and one aldermanic candidate for each of the city's eight wards. In addition, two independent candidates have announced their candidacy for mayor. They are former Alderman Tom Mabry and political newcomer Ron Glass. In a surprise announcement, City Clerk Lois Hock, 63, said she would retire when her term runs out this spring. She has worked in the clerk's office for 33 years. Hock had considered running for mayor. Instead, she said she would devote more time to her duties as grandmother and support Assistant City Treasurer Linda Fields, 51, to succeed her. Fields is on the Neighborhoods for Good Government Party ticket. City Treasurer Mike Lundy made his split with the mayor official, announcing he would run for re-election on the Neighbor-hoods for Good Government slate. He was elected with Cook on the mayor's ticket in 1993. Lundy said he and the mayor had disagreed on several key issues but that Hock had helped win him over with her cooperation despite their having been elected from opposing camps. Kern said his party's eight aldermanic candidates would be announced next week. Cook said public safety would be a key issue, as it was in his first campaign four years ago. Cook said his administration also deserved credit for street and sewer improvements. …

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