East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks was forced to run a write-in campaign after he failed to collected enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot. Councilwoman Emeka Jackson-Hicks unseated Parks on Tuesday.
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – East St. Louis has a new mayor after a City Council member defeated an incumbent who was forced to mount a write-in campaign after he was kicked off the ballot.
Councilwoman Emeka Jackson-Hicks unseated eight-year incumbent Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. on Tuesday. Parks still managed to collect nearly 2,200 votes Tuesday as a write-in candidate. He wasn’t listed on the ballot because he failed to collect enough valid petition signatures.
Elections officials invalidated nearly 50 of the 171 voter signatures Parks submitted. That dropped him below the minimum requirement in a dispute that reached the Illinois Supreme Court.
The East St. Louis County elections board and St. Clair County Circuit Court had both ruled that Parks “substantially complied” with the requirement.
Real estate agent Courtney Hoffman finished a distant third.