Local candidates line up for 2014 election
By Steve Lord & Susan Frick Carlman email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org December 4, 2013 12:36PM
Updated: January 6, 2014 12:54PM
Get ready for the robocalls and campaign mailings to start rolling in again.
March will bring the determination of the campaigning landscape for the next election cycle, when numerous local residents will go head-to-head in primary contests for the county, state and national offices that will be filled in November’s balloting.
As the weeklong filing period wrapped up Monday, several area residents were in place for primary contests. Others are looking farther down the road, with November their sole prospective political undertaking.
There will be two battles in the GOP side of the March 2014 primary for countywide offices.
County Board member Mark Davoust of St. Charles filed to run against incumbent County Clerk John Cunningham. No one filed on the Democratic side.
Two Republican candidates also filed in the sheriff’s race. Kevin Williams, who ran once before for sheriff, will run against Donald Kramer. The winner of the race will face Democrat Willie Mayes Sr.
County board races include:
1st District: Myrna Molina, on the Democratic side; no one on the Republican side.
3rd District: Jennifer Laesch, incumbent, and Donald Ishmael on the Democratic side; no one on the Republican side.
5th District: Bill Lenert, who will challenge incumbent Melisa Taylor, on the Republican side.
7th District: Monica Silva, Democrat; no one on the Republican side.
9th District: T.R. Smith, on the Republican side; no one on the Democratic side.
11th District: John Martin and Thomas Matson, on the Republican side; no one on the Democratic side.
13th District: Phillip Lewis, on the Republican side; no one on the Democratic side.
15th District: Barb Wojnicki, on the Republican side; no one on the Democratic side.
17th District: Deborah Allan, on the Democratic side; no one on the Republican side.
19th District: Hidayat Khan, on the Democratic side; Kurt Kojzarek, on the Republican side.
21st District: Rebecca Gillam, on the Republican side; no one on the Democratic side.
23rd District: Kevin Smith, on the Democratic side; Margaret Auger, on the Republican side.
Several top DuPage County offices will be decided in November. No one has yet filed to challenge either first-term county board Chairman Dan Cronin or longtime Treasurer Gwen Henry, both of whom plan to run again. But with County Clerk Gary King stepping down from the office he has held since 1986, Democrat Jean Kaczmarek of Glen Ellyn and Villa Park Republican Paul Hinds both aim to fill the post in November.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will have some primary activity, when Naperville’s Mary Lou Wehrli vies for the GOP nomination against Joseph Cantore of Oak Brook for president. Both are currently commissioners on the district board. Longtime district President D. “Dewey” Pierotti will step down at the end of his current term.
Longtime lawmen will be defending their positions in the upcoming contests as well. Republican Sheriff John Zaruba will face a second challenge from West Chicago resident Mike Quiroz. After losing to Zaruba in the February 2010 GOP primary, Quiroz this time will run as a Democrat in November.
With filings final for state offices, there will be some area battles in the March 2014 primary.
One of the most notable will be for the Republican nomination in the 65th House District, which runs through part of central Kane County, most of the northern end of the county and into McHenry County. Filing on the GOP side were Steven Andersson of Geneva, Daniel J. Ugaste, also of Geneva, and Debbie Miller of Elgin. No one filed on the Democratic side.
Among the area congressional district candidates:
6th District: Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Republican; Michael Mason of Naperville, Democrat.
8th District: Manju Gael of Aurora, Larry Kaifesh of Carpentersville, Republican; Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, Democrat.
14th District: Randall Hultgren of Winfield, Republican; Dennis Anderson of Gurnee and John Hosta of Spring Grove, Democrat.