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March primary races shape up

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 9:18 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 12:12 a.m. CDT

The filing period for the March 18 primary ended Monday with the setting up of a slew of races for county Republican voters to decide.

County Democrats will only have two primary races to decide, albeit important ones. And county voters of all political leanings will decide whether they want to change the way the McHenry County Board chairman is elected.

Republicans will decide contested primaries for U.S. Senate, governor and treasurer. They also will decide contested primaries for the 65th House District in far southern McHenry County, the offices of county clerk, sheriff and treasurer, and four of the County Board’s six districts.

Monday’s deadline produced two surprises. Former McHenry County Sheriff’s deputy Zane Seipler, who was fired, won his job back but was fired again for lying under oath during his civil-rights lawsuit against the department, is running as a Republican in District 5. Longtime District 4 Republican incumbent Sandra Fay Salgado did not file to run for another term.

The county’s Democratic voters will have choices in two races. Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn has picked up a Democratic challenger, and voters will decide whether candidate Dennis Anderson of Gurnee or John Hosta of Spring Grove should take on incumbent Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren for the 14th Congressional District. The district covers all of McHenry County except for Algonquin Township, which is in the 6th Congressional District.

Democrats have fielded only three candidates for County Board, and none for any of the four countywide offices.

Both parties will have an opportunity to fill ballot vacancies.

Voters countywide will decide in a binding referendum whether the County Board chairman should be popularly elected. And voters in several towns will face questions from electrical aggregation to giving governments permission to borrow money.

The following is a list of federal, state and local candidates who have filed to run in the primary. Filing does not guarantee a spot on the ballot – citizens have until Monday, Dec. 9 to challenge petitions to remove candidates for not meeting signature, residency and other requirements.

Candidates are listed in the order listed by the election authorities collecting the petitions, and does not necessarily represent the order in which they will appear on the ballot.

Names marked with an (i) are incumbents.

U.S. SENATE (R)

• Doug Truax

• Jim Oberweis

• Armen Alvarez

• William Lee

U.S. SENATE (D)

• Dick Durbin (i)

6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (R)

• Peter Roskam (i)

6TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (D)

• Michael Mason

14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (R)

• Randy Hultgren (i)

14TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT (D)

• John Hosta

• Dennis Anderson

GOVERNOR/LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (R)

• Dan Rutherford/Steve Kim

• Kirk Dillard/Jil Tracy

• Bill Brady/Maria Rodriguez

• Bruce Rauner/Evelyn Sanguinetti

• Peter Edward Jones (no running mate)

GOVERNOR/LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR (D)

• Tio Hardiman/Brunell Donald

• Pat Quinn/Paul Vallas (i)

ATTORNEY GENERAL (D)

• Lisa Madigan (i)

ATTORNEY GENERAL (R)

• Paul Schimpf

SECRETARY OF STATE (D)

• Jesse White (i)

SECRETARY OF STATE (R)

• Michael Webster

TREASURER (R)

• Tom Cross

• Bob Grogan

TREASURER (D)

• Michael Frerichs

COMPTROLLER (R)

• Judy Baar Topinka (i)

COMPTROLLER (D)

• Sheila Simon

33rd ILLINOIS SENATE (R)

• Karen McConnaughay(i)

52nd ILLINOIS HOUSE (R)

• David McSweeney (i)

52nd ILLINOIS HOUSE (D)

• Bill Downs

63rd ILLINOIS HOUSE (D)

• Jack Franks (i)

63rd ILLINOIS HOUSE (R)

• Steven Reick

64th ILLINOIS HOUSE (R)

• Barbara Wheeler (i)

65th ILLINOIS HOUSE (R)

• Steven Andersson

• Debbie Miller

• Daniel Ugaste

66th ILLINOIS HOUSE (R)

• Mike Tryon (i)

MCHENRY COUNTY SHERIFF (R)

• Bill Prim

• Andy Zinke

MCHENRY COUNTY CLERK (R)

• Mary McClellan

• Nick Provenzano

MCHENRY COUNTY TREASURER (R)

• Glenda Miller

• Jeffrey Thorsen

MCHENRY COUNTY REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENT

The filing period has been pushed back to Dec. 16-23 because of recent consolidation of nine of the offices by the state.

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 1 (VOTE FOR TWO) (R)

• Andrew Gasser

• Robert Nowak (i)

• David Stieper

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 1 (VOTE FOR TWO) (D)

• Nick Chirikos (i)

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 2 (VOTE FOR TWO) (R)

• James Heisler (i)

• Donna Kurtz (i)

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 3 (VOTE FOR TWO) (R)

• Nancy Gonsiorek

• Joe Gottemoller (i)

• Donald Kopsell

• Sarah Jansen

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 3 (VOTE FOR TWO) (D)

• Kathleen Bergan Schmidt

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 4 (VOTE FOR TWO) (R)

• John Hammerand (i)

• Charles “Chuck” Wheeler

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 5 (VOTE FOR TWO) (R)

• John Jung Jr. (i)

• Michael Rein

• Zane Seipler

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 5 (VOTE FOR TWO) (D)

• Paula Yensen (i)

COUNTY BOARD DISTRICT 6 (VOTE FOR TWO) (R)

• Ersel Schuster (i)

• Larry Smith

• Michele Aavang (i)

REFERENDUMS

• McHenry County voters will be asked if the County Board chairman should be popularly elected.

• Algonquin voters will decide whether they want to pursue electrical aggregation.

• Bull Valley is asking voters for permission to borrow $5 million for road purposes.

Local governments have until Dec. 30 to put referendums on the March ballot.

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