The three candidates for Belleville mayor in the April 9 election are familiar faces in city politics. All were born and raised in Belleville. But what are they like outside City Hall?
Incumbent Mayor Mark Eckert sang and tap danced as the lead in a school play and has gone to the Great Smoky Mountains about 20 times.
Ward 7 Alderman Phil Elmore's first date with his wife was at the former Hy-Ho Cafe. He was the Belleville East High School mascot for a year.
Ward 5 Alderman Joe Hayden spends his free time at the Belleville Khoury League, St. Louis Blues home games and making mix tapes.
News-Democrat reporter Jacqueline Lee and photographer Tim Vizer take a look at the personal side of the mayoral candidates for the significant events that have shaped who they are, what drives them and where they find purpose.