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McHenry County voters will have the chance to cast their ballots March 17 in two Republican primaries for Congressional seats, three Democratic primaries for Illinois House seats, one GOP primary for an Illinois House seat and one GOP primary for county coroner.
In the 14th Congressional District, Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, filed for reelection and will face one of seven possible GOP opponents in November.
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; Catalina Lauf of Woodstock; Jerry Evans of Warrenville and Anthony Catella of St. Charles.
An eighth GOP candidate, Danny Malouf of Crystal Lake, announced on Facebook the day the filing period opened that he no longer would run for the 14th Congressional District.
Malouf wrote that he hopes to pursue an opportunity that better aligns with the idea that the Constitution is the solution and that more government is not the answer.
Congressman Sean Casten, D-Downers Grove, was the only Democrat who filed in the 6th Congressional District.
He will be challenged in November by either former GOP state Rep. Jeanne Ives or Gordon “Jay” Kinzler of Glen Ellyn.
Primary elections will occur in three of the five Illinois House districts that serve a portion of McHenry County.
The 66th House District – which is represented by Rep. Allen Skillicorn, R-East Dundee – will have a Democratic and GOP primary election.
Skillicorn will face McHenry County Board member Carolyn Schofield in the primary. Both vied for the seat during the 2016 primary.
Seeking the Democratic nomination for the district are McHenry County Board member Suzanne Ness and Carpentersville Trustee Jim Malone.
Rep. Steven Reick, R-Woodstock, will be running against Woodstock Mayor Brian Sager or Peter Janko of Marengo in the 63rd House District.
Democrats Mohammad “Mo” Iqbal of Elgin and Martha Paschke of Geneva are challenging Rep. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, in the 65th House District.
Rep. Tom Weber, R-Lake Villa, filed for reelection and will face Leslie Armstrong-McLeod of Fox Lake in November.
Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin will run unopposed in the 52nd House District, which is represented by Rep. David McSweeney.
McHenry County Coroner
Three people have filed as Republicans to run for the office of McHenry County Coroner: former McHenry County Board member Michael Rein, Angela Byrnes of Crystal Lake and Mark Justen of Justen Funeral Home and Crematory in McHenry.
Justen said Tuesday that if he wins the primary, he completely will back away from his family’s funeral business to avoid any possible conflicts of interest.
However, the future of the coroner’s office could be in jeopardy if the McHenry County Board chooses to add a binding referendum to eliminate the McHenry County coroner as an elected position.
Members of an ad hoc committee will discuss a possible referendum during a meeting Friday.
McHenry County candidates
The first district of McHenry County has two candidates: McHenry County Board member Tom Wilbeck and Democrat Theresa Meshes of Fox River Grove.
In District 2, board members Jeffrey Thorsen and John Reinert filed for reelection. Democrat Jessica Phillips of Crystal Lake also is running.
Two candidates filed in District 3: McHenry County Board member Joe Gottemoller and Mike “Shorty” Shorten of Crystal Lake.
In District 4, board members Stephen Doherty and Kay Bates are running alongside Republican Erik Sivertsen of McHenry.
In District 5, board members Mike Skala and Paula Yensen are running for reelection alongside Democrat Lynn Gray of Woodstock.
In District 6, McHenry County Board member Jim Kearns is running for reelection against Republicans Dan Bertrand of Marengo and Tracie Von Bergen of Hebron and Democrats Nancy Glissman of Huntley and Larry Spaeth of Harvard.
McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks will be running against Republican Mike Buehler for board chairman in November.