Various groups and individuals have announced their support for candidates running for public office in Belleville.
Mayor Mark Eckert, who is running for re-election, said he and the other Good Government Party candidates have been endorsed by the Southern Illinois Carpenters Political Action Committee, the Southwestern Illinois Central Labor Council and Teamsters Local 50.
The Illinois Association of Realtors Fund is supporting Eckert for Belleville mayor and Dean Hardt for Belleville city treasurer.
Eckert is part of the Belleville Good Government Party.
Hardt supports Phil Elmore for mayor, one of Eckert's opponents in the April 9 election.
Kyle Anderson, a spokesman for the Illinois Association of Realtors Fund, said the group is supporting candidates in only the mayor and treasurer races in Belleville.
"We don't look at party lines," Anderson said. "We look at how they stand on realtor issues. If they're good for real estate, then we're going to support them."
Hardt also said he has been endorsed by the Illinois Realtors Political Action Committee.
Hardt is currently an alderman for Ward 4 and Elmore currently serves as an alderman for Ward 7.
Elmore and Hardt said they are endorsed by the following individuals: Jon Brough, a retired Belleville police officer; Roger Wigginton, who owns Don Rodgers Ltd.; and Steve Glauber, who served as Belleville Ward 7 alderman from 1991-95.
Janet Kay Schmidt, a candidate for alderwoman of Ward 2 in Belleville, said she has neither sought nor received endorsements from any unions or other entities.
"As an independent candidate, the only group I am asking for an endorsement from is from the voters of Ward 2 on Election Day," Schmidt said.
Dallas B. Cook, a candidate for Belleville city clerk, also said the only endorsement he is working for is from the people of Belleville.
"As a true independent in a municipal race, I believe in remaining unbiased towards all groups and/or individuals," Cook said. "It is for that reason I will not be accepting or seeking any political endorsements."
Schmidt and Cook support Belleville mayoral candidate Joe Hayden, who currently serves as alderman of Ward 5, as part of the Unified Independent Coalition for All of Belleville.
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