A write-in campaign could possibly unseat Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst, with ballots being counted late into the night Tuesday.
Hoechst has served one term as mayor of Alton after serving six years on the Madison County Board.
He has been challenged by business owner Brant Walker, who had lost the 2009 mayoral race to Hoechst. Walker had filed to run on this year's ballot, but was removed because he owed the city money for delinquent trash and sewer bill. Walker lost his appeal in court, so he launched a write-in campaign.
While there was another write-in candidate, Jackie Morris, it is Walker who poses a serious challenge to Hoechst, according to county clerk Debra Ming-Mendoza.
"It's very close," Ming-Mendoza said. She said she could not predict how the final tally would end up, and numbers probably would not be available until Wednesday.
Hoechst's Facebook page indicated he believes the final margin of victory will be as close as less than 1 percent.
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