EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton said Wednesday he will run for election to the Illinois State Senate in 2018, seeking the seat to be vacated by retiring incumbent Bill Haine.
Patton, a Republican, has been mayor since 2013. He has owned Patton Dental in Edwardsville for more than 23 years.
“I am running for the State Senate in order to use my business and leadership experience to get Illinois growing again,” said Patton in press release. “For over a decade, Illinois has suffered from some of the worst legislative-driven bureaucracy in the nation. It is time to solve our financial problems and stop wasting our residents tax dollars.”
Patton said he has led the effort to help create thousands of private-sector jobs, triple the amount of new investment in Edwardsville and balance the city’s budget each year.
“To stop the tide of residents leaving our state, we need to create a climate where businesses will create good paying jobs, where we invest in infrastructure that will foster growth, and where we strive to be the best state in the country for education,” he said in the release to local media.
Prior to being mayor, Patton served a stint as a member of the Madison County Board.
Patton and his wife, Carrie, have three children.
Haine, 73, an Alton Democrat announced this past month his planned retirement.