Congressman John Shimkus endorsed Hal Patton for State Senate

July 28, 2018 . . . Current Edwardsville Mayor and State Senate Candidate Hal Patton received the endorsement of Congressman John Shimkus today. Congressman Shimkus announced his endorsement today in front of supporters at an open house for Patton’s new campaign office

“Hal Patton is a conservative Republican who understands that Illinois can’t tax and regulate its way to prosperity. His pro-growth, pro-taxpayer policies have led to the creation of over 3,000 jobs in the metro-east area and an unemployment rate well below the state average” said Congressman Shimkus.

“I’m honored to receive the endorsement of Congressman Shimkus. Congressman Shimkus has fought for and brought a voice to Washington for the hard working people of the Metro East and Downstate Illinois. I intend to follow Congressman Shimkus’ lead and fight for pro-growth policies in Springfield,” stated Hal Patton.

For the past five years Hal Patton has served as the Mayor of Edwardsville. In that time the city has seen incredible growth of over 3,000 jobs and been able to balance its budget without raising property taxes. Along with being Mayor, Hal Patton has operated a dental practice in Edwardsville over the past 25 years.



July 3, 2018 . . .  A very sincere THANK YOU to all who circulated petitions for me and the more than 9,000+ people who signed to get me on the ballot. Because of their efforts, voters will finally have a choice for their next State Senator. 

In the coming weeks and months, I will be talking with voters across the district about my vision for our communities and how I plan to bring my work ethic and record of results as mayor of Edwardsville to the state legislature. 

For instance, by working together in Edwardsville, we’ve been able to create thousands of good jobs in the last several years by attracting record levels of private investment, all while reducing the burden on taxpayers.   

I will bring that same common sense, fiscally conservative approach to the legislature and I look forward to earning that privilege as I travel the district over the next several months.  


Patton files more than 9,000 signatures for State Senate run

June 25, 2018 . . .  Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton filed more than 9,000 signatures as part of his effort to be added back on the ballot in his run for State Senate.

“It has been truly amazing to see the level of support I have been given in this effort,” stated Hal Patton.  “I have had people I’ve never met come up to me in the grocery store and ask how they can help.  They were genuinely disgusted with the tactics of Rachelle Crowe and Mike Madigan to keep me off the ballot,” he added.

Earlier this year, Hal Patton was kicked off the ballot after a challenge was filed in the Cook County courts by House Speaker Mike Madigan’s top lawyer. 

Once removed, Patton’s only legal recourse was to create a new party and attempt to get thousands of additional signatures by the deadline this week.  With his filing on Monday, he nearly doubled the number of signatures required by law. 

“I now have had more than five times the number of people sign petitions to put me on the ballot than those who signed for my opponent,” said Patton.  “I believe people have supported me in such large numbers because they know I will fight Mike Madigan and the status quo in Springfield, while Rachelle Crowe will be indebted to them, since she has outsourced her campaign to Madigan and his operatives.”

For more information about Hal Patton or to volunteer for the Hal Patton for Senate campaign, please visit or follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.



Apr. 25, 2018 . . . Area citizens of the 56th Congressional District of Illinois, which spans from Elsah to O’Fallon, are invited to a Petition Circulation Training event for candidate, Hal Patton, on Sunday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Edwardsville. Patton needs to collect 5,000 registered voter signatures to get him on the November ballot as a candidate for the 56th Senate District.

On April 10, Patton announced his plans at a press conference near the site of the Amazon Distribution Center in Edwardsville to petition for a spot on the ballot running for the Downstate United party. Patton was removed from the ballot prior to the primary election in March after Mike Madigan used an antiquated legal technicality and the Cook County court system to challenge his candidacy. 

“I have such a strong group of supporters who are interested in making sure their downstate views are protected and heard. Therefore, I know there is a lot of interest in getting me back on the ballot,” said Patton. “We are calling for all interested volunteers and ask that they join us this Sunday to learn more about the campaign and how they can help.”

The goal is 5,000 registered voter signatures by the end of May. Any interested volunteers are encouraged to participate in the petition circulation training on Sunday and bring a friend. Anyone who did not circulate a petition for Patton previously is eligible to volunteer and training will explain the process and serve as informative question/answer session. If you cannot attend, forms are available for pick-up at Patton Dental - 1403 B Troy Road, Edwardsville, or can be downloaded from

The basis of Patton’s campaign points to his successes as Mayor of Edwardsville in bringing 3,000 new jobs to the area, building a new public safety building, adding millions of dollars in tax revenue through private investment, and new parks constructed for the region to share, all with no increase in property tax. For more information about Hal Patton’s campaign and how you can support him in his efforts to run, visit


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  • Mike Brooks
    published this page 2018-07-09 14:55:58 -0500