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Incumbents make up more than half of Lake County candidates to file Monday for 2018 elections

Posted by Vance D. Wyatt | Lake County Board Member - District 14 on November 28, 2017 at 2:25 PM

More than half of the 42 candidates who filed Monday seeking a spot on the Lake County Board, a countywide office or a local statehouse seat are incumbents, state and Lake County records show.

 

Monday marked the first day candidates could file the paperwork and signatures necessary to appear on their party's March primary ballot. They have until Dec. 4 to do so.

 

 

Independent candidates and those seeking to represent newly established parties don't file paperwork until the spring.

 

Every Illinois House seat, including the nine that represent parts of Lake County, will be up for grabs in 2018.

 

Four incumbent state representatives have already announced they're not running, and the remaining six filed their paperwork Monday.

 

The incumbents who will be seeking re-election include Republicans Nick Sauer of Lake Barrington, David McSweeney of Barrington Hills and Sheri Jesiel of Winthrop Harbor, as well as Democrats Rita Mayfield of Waukegan and Sam Yingling of Grayslake.

 

None face challengers from within their own parties as of the close of business Monday.

 

Jesiel, however, could face Woodland District 50 school board member Joyce Mason in the fall, and two Republicans, Ken Idstein and Adam Solano, have both filed in District 62, which is currently represented by Yingling.

 

The Illinois House districts with no incumbent include Elaine Nekritz's 57th, where Democrat Jonathan Carroll has filed; Scott Drury's 58th, where both Republican Cindy Masover and Democrat Bob Morgan have filed; Carol Sente's 59th, where Republican Marko Sukovic and Daniel Didech have filed; and Barbara Wheeler's 64th, where Republican Tom Weber has filed.

 

On the state Senate side, four of the five seats in Lake County will be up next year.

 

The three incumbents who filed Monday include Democrat Terry Link in the 30th District; Republican Dan McConchie in the 26th; and Democrat Julie Morrison in the 29th.

 

Republican Barrett Davie has filed in the district currently represented by Morrison, and another Republican, Craig Wilcox, has filed in the 32nd District, currently represented by Pamela Althoff.

 

Also on the 2018 ballot in Lake County are county clerk, treasurer, sheriff, regional superintendent of schools, 14 County Board seats and North Shore Water Reclamation District trustees.

 

So far, incumbent Treasurer David Stolman has filed along with incumbent Sheriff Mark Curran, both Republicans, according to county records. Democrat John Idleburg has also filed as a candidate for Lake County sheriff.

 

Incumbent North Shore Water Reclamation District Trustee Beverly Sugar Young has also filed.

 

Four incumbents who filed seeking re-election to their seats on the Lake County Board will face challengers from within their own parties this March, county records show.

 

On the Republican side, they include Jeff Werfel, who represents Grayslake's 6th District, and Charles "Chuck" Bartels, who currently represents Mundelein's 10th.

 

Werfel will face Bob Bednar in March, while Bartels will square off against Jeralyn "Jeri" Atleson.

 

On the Democrat side, incumbents facing primary opponents include Bill Durkin, who represents Waukegan's 8th District, and Vance Wyatt, who represents Park City's 14th.

 

Durkin will face Juan Martinez, and Wyatt will face Angelo Kyle in the in the March Democratic primary.

 

The other County Board districts up for re-election include:

 

•Lindenhurst and Round Lake Heights' 3rd, where Democrat Sharon Allen and Republican Dick Barr, neither an incumbent, have filed.

 

•Fox Lake's 5th, where incumbent Republican Judy Martini has filed.

 

•Waukegan's 9th, where incumbent Mary Ross Cunningham has filed.

 

•Highland Park's 11th, where incumbent Democrat Paul Frank has filed.

 

•Libertyville's 15th, where incumbent Republican Carol Calabresa has filed.

 

•Island Lake's 17th, where Republicans Eleanor Sweet McDonnell and Linda Starkey, neither incumbents, have both filed.

 

•Vernon Hills' 18th, where Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, a Republican, has filed.

 

•Lake Zurich and Barrington's 19th, where incumbent Republican Craig Taylor has filed.

 

•Buffalo Grove's 20th, where incumbent Republican Sidney Mathias has filed.

 

•Lincolnshire's 21st, where incumbent Republican Ann Maine has filed.

 

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