Thursday, December 29, 2011

Congressional, Legislative Contests Taking Form

Illinois Congressional and Legislative Primary races are starting to take form now with Tuesday's end to the short filing period for the U.S. House but there are still some asterisks in the Springfield contests.

A candidate for the 33rd State Senate seat including western Algonquin, LITH and Huntley dropped out of the race.  Craig Powers, Geneva, actually withdrew his petition Dec. 23 but no one noticed until Tuesday.  He told the St. Charles Kane County Chronicle he didn't want to defend his signatures against a challenge by Tea Party activist Chad Koppie who planned to run but then didn't.  That leaves Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay and Gilberts Village Trustee Cliff Surges running against each other for the Republican spot on the redrawn 33rd District ballot and no one seeking the Democratic one.

In the reconfigured 52nd State House District including eastern LITH and Algonquin there's almost a Texas cage match of petition challenges.  Barrington Hills' GOP candidate Dave McSweeney questioned the signatures for both incumbent Republican Kent Gaffney, Lake Barrington, and challenger Danielle Rowe, Island Lake. Meanwhile Barrington Hills' Sharon Ann Meroni, sometimes known by her nom de Internet, Chalice Jackson, has signature challenges pending against all three.  She's also filed a challenge against the petitions of incumbent State Sen. Dan Duffy, Lake Barrington, whose rejiggered 26th district subsumes the 52nd.

Woodstock IT tech Jonathan Farnick filed his petitions just before time ran out Tuesday for a run at the Democratic nomination in the relocated 14th Congressional District including a smidgen of Algonquin, western LITH and Huntley.  That puts him up against Gurnee medical administrator Dennis Anderson, the winner to battle incumbent Republic Congressman Randy Hultgren, Winfield, who's now unopposed on the Republican side, in November.

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