WOODSTOCK – More than 70 people filed petitions Monday to run for office in the March 20 primary election, according to the McHenry County Clerk’s Office.
Monday was the first day to file.
One of the first group of people in line was Michael Vijuk, a Democrat running for McHenry County Board. He arrived about 7:40 a.m. – 20 minutes before the clerk’s office doors opened for business.
“I don’t know who is running, but they always say you want to be on the top part of the ballot,” said Vijuk, who has never held public office.
Those who file at 8 a.m. from the same political party are entered into a lottery for top position on the March ballot, McHenry County Clerk Mary McClellan said.
Candidates have until the end of the day Dec. 4 to file to run in the March primary. McClellan said those who file Dec. 4 also will be placed into a lottery for the last spot on the ballot.
Larry W. Smith, R-Harvard, was early as well. Smith is running for re-election to the McHenry County Board District 6 seat.
“I wanted to be in that first group to be in the lottery for top position on the ballot,” Smith said.
Vijuk, a Democrat from Cary, is running for a seat in District 1. Also filing in District 1 was incumbent Christopher Spoerl, R-Cary, who was appointed to the seat in July.
In total, 16 people filed Monday for County Board spots. Four filed for countywide offices. The rest filed for precinct committeemen spots.
There will be a lottery for the Monday-filing Republicans in Districts 5 and 6.
Tina R. Hill, John Jung Jr. and Michael R. Rein, all of Woodstock, filed simultaneously for District 5 office.
In District 6, challengers Orville Brettman of Huntley and Ersel C. Schuster of Harvard filed simultaneously with incumbents Michele Aavang of Woodstock and Smith. Buffy Brasile of Woodstock was the only Democrat to file in that district.
In District 2, Republican challengers Josh Howell and Carolyn Schofield filed signatures. Schofield, of Crystal Lake, filed before Howell, of Cary. Suzanne Ness of Crystal Lake, filed later in the day on the Democratic side.
Meanwhile, District 3 and 4 each had one candidate file at 8 a.m. Incumbent Joe Gottemoller of Crystal Lake filed for District 3 while incumbent Chuck Wheeler of McHenry filed for District 4. Steve Bellmore of McHenry filed later in the day. All three are Republicans.
There wasn’t much to see Monday when it came to countywide race filings.
Janice C. Dalton of McHenry and Joe Tirio of Woodstock both filed as Republican candidates for county clerk. McClellan is not running for re-election and instead is running to fill the seat of former 22nd Judicial Circuit Judge Maureen McIntyre.
Tirio, R-Woodstock, is the incumbent county recorder. He would give up his seat as recorder if elected as clerk. He ran for recorder to abolish that same office, and that goal is within reach.
The County Board voted to put a binding referendum on the March 20 ballot asking voters whether they want to eliminate the recorder’s office and merge its responsibilities into the county clerk’s office, as is done in most Illinois counties.
Judge Robert Wilbrandt also filed and is seeking a full term for the 22nd Judicial Circuit.
McHenry County Sheriff Bill Prim, R-Cary, was the only candidate to file for the office. McHenry County Treasurer Glenda Miller, R-Harvard, was the only candidate to file for the office.
No one filed for Regional Superintendent of Schools on Monday.
McHenry County Republican Party Chairwoman Sandra Salgado said Monday afternoon she had not yet seen which of her party’s candidates filed, but said the party has been “busy getting out and ensuring our new candidates and incumbents are still running.”
McHenry County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Bissett did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Primary 2018 Races
McHenry County Sheriff
McHenry County Clerk
McHenry County Treasurer
McHenry County Board D1
McHenry County Board D2
McHenry County Board D3
McHenry County Board D4
McHenry County Board D5
McHenry County Board D6