Local Election

Filing deadline passes with no new contested matchups

While McHenry County voters will have new elected representatives under redistricting, their ballots likely will not have contested races for countywide and statewide offices.

A 5 p.m. Monday deadline for establishment parties to fill ballot vacancies passed without any new petitions being filed. So while county voters will have competitive races for president, Congress and County Board, candidates for most General Assembly districts, and all countywide offices, are running unopposed in November, barring challenges from independents.

With one exception, all of the uncontested candidates are Republican.

As of today, only voters in the 26th Illinois Senate District have a contested race for the Illinois General Assembly, between Republican incumbent Dan Duffy and Democratic challenger Amanda Howland.

But a second contested race might surface in the 52nd House District if Dee Beaubien, widow of former Rep. Mark Beaubien, runs as an independent against Republican nominee David McSweeney. She has until June 25 to collect at least 1,500 signatures.

The McHenry County portion of both the 26th and 52nd districts under redistricting will cover its southeast, including Cary and Fox River Grove, and eastern Algonquin, Lake in the Hills and Crystal Lake.

Unopposed Republican candidates for the Illinois Senate include Republican Karen McConnaughay in the 33rd District and incumbent Pam Althoff in the 26th District. Republican incumbent Mike Tryon is running unopposed for the new 66th District, as is fellow incumbent Tim Schmitz in the new 65th. Former County Board member Barbara Wheeler is running unopposed for the new 64th District.

Democratic incumbent Jack Franks is running unopposed for the 63rd District. An attempt by a faction of the McHenry County Republican Party to slate tea party challenger Tonya Franklin to run against him failed for lack of a quorum at a special meeting Saturday.

The Democratic Party of McHenry County is fielding candidates in all six County Board districts, but no countywide offices.

Unopposed Republican incumbents include State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, Circuit Clerk Katherine Keefe, Recorder Phyllis Walters and Auditor Pam Palmer. Unopposed Republican newcomers include appointed Regional Superintendent Leslie Schermerhorn and coroner candidate Anne Majewski.

The only third-party candidate on county ballots in November will be Green Party candidate Frank Wedig, who is running for County Board District 5.

Twenty-five candidates have filed with the Illinois State Board of Elections since the March primary to fill General Assembly vacancies on the November ballot. Eleven Republicans and five Democrats filed for vacant Illinois House ballots, and seven Republicans and two Democrats filed for nine vacant ballot positions for the Illinois Senate.

Three Republicans and one Democrat have filed to fill ballot vacancies in congressional races.

If any local governments want to put referendums on the Nov. 6 ballot, they have until Aug. 30 to file with the county clerk.

On the Net

All 24 seats on the McHenry County Board, and all 59 Illinois Senate seats, are up for election this year because of redistricting after the 2010 U.S. Census.

Visit shawurl.com/6r5 to view the new boundary maps for the state and U.S. House of Representative districts, and shawurl.com/6r5 to find maps of the new County Board districts.


While McHenry County voters will get to choose their president and their representatives in Congress and the McHenry County Board, few will have contested races for the Illinois General Assembly, and none will have contested races for countywide office.

Contested races

President/Vice President

6th Congressional District

14th Congressional District

26th Illinois Senate

All six McHenry County Board districts

Uncontested races

32nd Illinois Senate (R)

33rd Illinois Senate (R)

52nd Illinois House (R) (*)

63rd House District (D)

64th House District (R)

65th House District (R)

66th House District (R)

McHenry County State’s Attorney (R)

McHenry County Coroner (R)

McHenry County Circuit Clerk (R)

McHenry County Auditor (R)

McHenry County Recorder (R)

McHenry County Regional Superintendent of Schools (R)

SOURCE: Northwest Herald archives, Illinois State Board of Elections

(*) – Dee Beaubien, widow of late GOP representative Mark Beaubien, has pledged to run as an Independent against Republican nominee David McSweeney. She has until June 25 to collect at least 1,500 signatures.

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