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With only a few hours before the deadline expired for candidates wishing to run for state and federal office in 2020, three more candidates filed to run for Illinois House seats that represent portions of McHenry County.
Rep. Steven Reick, R-Woodstock, filed to run for re-election in the 63rd House District – which includes Woodstock, Marengo, Hebron, Harvard and part of McHenry – at 1:11 p.m. on Monday, according to the Illinois Board of Elections website.
Although Reick will run unopposed as a Republican in the primary, two Democratic candidates are looking to challenge him in the general election: Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager and Peter Janko of Marengo.
At 1:41 p.m. Monday, Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin filed to run for the 52nd House District, which includes parts of Algonquin, Cary, Crystal Lake, Fox River Grove, Lake in the Hills, Oakwood Hills and Prairie Grove.
McLaughlin was the only candidate to file nomination paperwork to run for the district.
Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, announced in September that he would not be running for re-election.
Instead, McSweeney said he either would run for Illinois Secretary of State or for U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth's seat. He added that the choice likely would come down to whether Secretary of State Jesse White runs for re-election.
McLaughlin, who is running as a Republican, had said that if McSweeney decided to run for re-election, he would not have sought the office this year.
In the 64th House District – which covers portions of Bull Valley, Crystal Lake, Holiday Hills, Johnsburg, Lakemoor, McHenry, Prairie Grove, Spring Grove, Wonder Lake and Woodstock – Leslie Armstrong-McLeod of Fox Lake filed Monday as a Democrat.
Armstrong-McLeod was the only Democratic candidate running in the district.
Rep. Tom Weber, R-Lake Villa, filed to run for re-election when the filing period opened. He is the only GOP candidate in the 64th District.