Independent, third-party candidates added to Kane, Kendall ballots
By Matt Hanley email@example.com July 3, 2012 2:46PM
Updated: August 6, 2012 6:32AM
A few names have been added to the November ballot.
Carpentersville Trustee Doug Marks has filed to run as a Libertarian candidate in the 33rd State Senate District. Marks would face current Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, who won the Republican primary in March. There is no Democrat in the race in the northern Kane County district.
Marks, 51, is serving his first term as village trustee. He works as a software architect. He supports reducing government influence, lower taxes and reduced spending, according to his campaign website, dougmarks2012.webs.com. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
“I desire to bring integrity, an open door, and a desire to reduce this gluttonous entity known as the state government,” he says on his website. “We have lost enough of our freedoms and have had Springfield reduce our proud state to a mere shell of what it was, so it is time to end the insanity before our state is crippled beyond repair.”
According to the State Board of Elections, an objection has been filed to Marks’ petitions.
In Kendall County, former Aurora police officer Mike Dabney will run for coroner as an independent candidate. Dabney will face incumbent Republican Coroner Ken Toftoy. Toftoy was once Dabney’s boss — Dabney served for six years as a deputy coroner in Kendall. Dabney resigned in 2008 to run against Toftoy in the Republican primary that year. Toftoy won with almost 70 percent of the vote. There is no Democrat running for coroner.
West Dundee resident Julie Fox has filed to run for Kane County auditor as a Libertarian. She previously served on the Dundee Township Library Board. She helped found the Fox Valley Libertarian Party. Fox, who works in accounting, will face Republican Terry Hunt.
Longtime Batavia resident Maggie Soliz will be running in the District 10 race for Kane County Board. She will face Republican Susan Starrett of North Aurora, who beat incumbent Tom Van Cleave of Batavia in the primary.
Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said objections have been filed to the petitions of both Soliz and Fox.
The deadline to file as an independent or third-party candidate was last week. Election Day will be Nov. 6. The last day to file referendum for the ballot is Aug. 6. The last day to register to vote in Illinois is Oct. 9, and early voting opens Oct. 15.
There will six single-candidate ballots for Illinois House seats in the Fox Valley area; all the seats are held by incumbents who were unopposed in the primary. They are state Reps. Darlene Senger of Naperville, R-41st District; Mike Fortner of West Chicago, R-49th; Tim Schmitz of Batavia, R-65th; Linda Chapa LaVia of Aurora, D-83rd; and Tom Cross of Oswego, R-97th.
In the State Senate, Mike Connelly of Naperville, R-21st, and Tim Bivins of Dixon, R-45, will be the only choice on the ballot.