I want to thank the BND for the coverage, the voters who backed me, all the volunteers and also those who contributed donations. Many people who donated to Citizens for Joe Hayden knew I would legally transfer funds to the Unified Independent Coalition effort, for this campaign was more than just about me. The efforts paid off.
I may not have won as mayor, but the people of Belleville won with a new clerk and new alderman who I look forward to working with along with our new treasurer. I have two years left as an alderman in Ward 5 and I will continue to fight for them, the new residents within Ward 5 and the people of Belleville as a whole. I will also not give up my efforts that the city be more fiscally responsible and to put more police on the streets.
As I stated, a safe community is a prosperous community and if we move the crime statistics backward and change the perception, we will stop people moving and see people and business move in.
With a more bipartisan City Council I plan to introduce some of the programs I set in place as part of my platform. For if it is good for Belleville, then we all have a duty to explore and discuss openly all options available to improve the quality of life for the citizens.
I challenge Mayor Mark Eckert to respect the vote, show leadership and end the division and let's all work for the betterment of Belleville.
Joseph W. Hayden
Alderman, Ward 5