It would seem that Alex McHugh’s opponents in the upcoming Belleville City Council Ward 4 race would like to just forgo the customary election formalities and simply announce a winner in advance of Tuesday’s vote. The opposition have raised questions which on the surface appear to be legitimate, but in reality are much to do about absolutely nothing. McHugh’s candidacy has been endorsed and of course he has been found to be a viable candidate guilty of absolutely “no wrongdoing.”
When a good man or woman runs for local political office as an independent, finances his or her own campaign and says he or she just wants to serve, we should all be concerned when the powers that be try to drag him through the mud for bucking their system. McHugh embodies what’s best in local democracy and politics. His opponents are serving to remind us of just how low some folks will stoop to crush good people attempting to run for local political office free of the good ol’ boys club, which still seems to be prevalent in 2015 Belleville politics.
Mchugh has his priorities correct when he says that crime is one of his major concerns. Alex has his eyes toward Belleville's economic future when he states that he wants to encourage the $50 million Shrine development project. Finally, he will be unencumbered and owing to no one if elected since he has financed his campaign on his own as an independent candidate.