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Objections filed against 14th, 16th Congressional District candidates

Catalina Lauf talks about her campaign for Congress on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Crystal Lake.
Catalina Lauf talks about her campaign for Congress on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Crystal Lake.

Objections were filed Monday against the candidacy paperwork of 14th Congressional District candidate Catalina Lauf of Woodstock and 16th Congressional District candidate Benjamin Baer of Coal City.

The objections against Lauf, 26, were filed by Greg Nichols of Plainfield and Justin Robert Nudo of Pingree Grove. Nichols and Nudo could not be reached for comment Tuesday evening.

Chris Duffy, political director for Lauf's campaign, said the committee stands by its "1,219 valid, verified signatures" and referred to the objections as "old school Illinois politics simply grasping at straws to get the best candidate off of the ballot."

Republican candidates running for the 14th Congressional District – which includes parts of Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, DuPage and Will counties – in the 2020 primary were required to submit 961 signatures, or 0.5% of qualified party primary voters in the district.

Lauf faces state Rep. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove; state Sen. Sue Rezin, R-Morris; financial futures trader Ted Gradel of Naperville; Kendall County Republicans Chairman James Marter; Jerry Evans of Warrenville; and Anthony Catella of St. Charles in the primary election.

All seven are running to unseat freshman Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, who is running unopposed as a Democrat in the primary.

Baer is running as a Democrat in the 16th Congressional District to unseat Congressman Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon. He faces Dani Przozowski of LaSalle in the primary.

The objection to Baer's filing was lodged by John Fisher-Dann of Utica.

Kinzinger is seeking his sixth term representing the 16th Congressional District, which covers all of Boone, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Lee, Livingston, Ogle, and Putnam counties and parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will, and Winnebago counties.

Democratic candidates running for the 16th Congressional District in the 2020 primary were required to submit 607 signatures, or 0.5% of qualified party primary voters in the district.

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