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Kendall County primary election races set as petition filing period ends

Filling has concluded for candidates seeking to have their names on the ballot in the March 17 party primary election.

A one-week filing period for candidates to file nominating petitions started Nov. 25 and concluded Monday, Dec. 2.

According to the Kendall County Clerk’s Office, the following candidates have filed petitions:

On the Republican ballot, Michelle Halbesma of the 900 block of Canyon Trail Court, Oswego, and Matthew Prochaska of the 0-100 block of South Royal Oaks Drive, Bristol, have filed for the position of circuit clerk. Prochaska serves as a member of the Kendall County Board. Emily Carlson, of the 8700 block of East Van Emmon Road, Yorkville, also has filed as a Republican.

Jacquie Purcell of the 400 block of Landmark Avenue, Yorkville, is seeking reelection for the position of Kendall County coroner. Purcell was first elected in 2016, having previously served as deputy coroner.

State’s Attorney Eric Weis of the 400 block of East Barberry Circle, Yorkville, is seeking re-election to his role, having first been elected to the position of Kendall County State’s Attorney in 2006.

For District 1 of the Kendall County Board, Brian E. DeBolt of the 600 block of West School Street, Plano, and Scott Gengler of the 900 block of Canyon Trail Court, Yorkville, have filed. Gengler serves on the board, having been chosen to fill the remainder of John Purcell’s term. Purcell stepped down from the county board after having been elected mayor of Yorkville.

In the race for District 2 of the Kendall County Board, Dan Koukol of the 1600 block of Collins Road, Oswego; J. Anthony “Tony” Giles of the 700 block of Buckskin Drive, Oswego; Matthew Kellogg of the 9700 block of Schlapp Road, Yorkville; and Gabriella Shanahan, of the 8000 block of Expedition Street, Joliet, have filed as Republicans. Giles and Kellogg both serve on the board, having first been elected in 2016. Former Oswego Village Trustee Joe West of the 300 block of Stoneleigh Lane, Oswego, has filed as a Republican in the District 2 race.

West was first elected to the Oswego Village Board in 2015. He ran as an independent for the position of Oswego village president in the April 2019 election, but lost to Troy Parlier.

On the Democratic side of the ticket, former Oswego Village Trustee Ryan Kauffman of the 100 block of Nottingham Court, Oswego, has filed to run for the position of circuit clerk. Kauffman was first elected to the position of trustee in 2015 and was defeated for re-election in 2019.

Incumbent Audra Hendrix of the 400 block of East Main Street, Yorkville, has filed for re-election in District 1 of the Kendall County Board. Hendrix was first elected in 2016. Anthony Magliari of the 300 block of East Rennesoy Drive, Newark, has filed as a Democrat in the District 1 race.

Mary Murray of the 100 block of East Tyler Street, Oswego, has filed for the race for District 2 of the Kendall County Board. Karen E. Novy, of the 500 block of North Avon Court, Oswego, and Elizabeth Flowers, of the 1900 block of Grandview Place, Montgomery, have also filed as Democrats in the District 2 race.

Twenty-six candidates have filed for election as Republican precinct committeemen: Russell Corneils of the 100 block of North Conover Court, Yorkville; Matthew G. Prochaska of the 0-100 block of South Royal Oaks Drive, Bristol; John Purcell of the 400 block of Landmark Avenue, Yorkville; Scott Gengler of the 900 block of Canyon Trail Court, Yorkville; Daniel Nicholson of the 0-100 block of Gawne Lane, Yorkville; Joseph T. Gillespie of the 1200 block of Willow Way, Yorkville; Vernon Lee Fatima of the 400 block of East Barberry Circle, Yorkville; Randy Hultgren of the 12000 block of Andrew Street, Plano; Troy Parlier of the 600 block of Carnation Drive, Oswego; Judy Sollinger of the 100 block of Jefferson Street, Oswego; Michael F. Becker of the 0-100 block of Garden Drive, Montgomery; Leonard R. Wass of the 100 block of North Adams Street, Oswego; Leland H. Hoffer of the 0-100 block of Riverview Court, Oswego; Pam Parr of the 0-100 block of Sherwick Road, Oswego; James T. Marter of the 200 block of Fox Chase Drive North, Oswego; James T. Marter II of the 300 block of Huntington Court, Oswego; Joe West of the 300 block of Stoneleigh Lane, Oswego; Aimee Jackson of the 600 block of Carnation Drive, Oswego; Dan Koukol, of the 1600 block of Collins Road, Oswego; Jason Hudson of the 600 block of Roosevelt Drive, Oswego; Diane Selmer of the 500 block of Heritage Drive, Oswego; Brian T. LeClercq of the 300 block of Ogden Falls Boulevard, Oswego; Brian Thomas of the 100 block of Spencer Lane, Oswego; Kevin Schramek of the 2000 block of Summerlin Drive, Aurora; Brent Lightfoot of the 1900 block of Clementi Court, Aurora; and Shannon Caraker of the 7900 block of Cavalier Drive, Joliet.

Twenty candidates have filed to serve as Democratic precinct committeemen: Anthony Magliari of the 300 block of East Rennesoy Drive, Newark; Anne Engelhardt of the 300 block of East Blackberry Lane, Yorkville; Jack Sechrest of the 400 block of Burr Oak Drive, Oswego; Frederick John Gaebler III of the 200 block of East Main Street, Yorkville; Mary D. Cresto of the 2100 block of Alan Dale Lane, Yorkville; Rachel Engelhardt of the 1300 block of Willow Way, Yorkville; Franco “Frank” Iacovella of the 2800 block of Frances Lane, Montgomery; Marcia Rae Snyder of the 3100 block of Riley Road, Montgomery; Lea Ann Skogsberg of the 200 block of Newbury Court, Yorkville; Julie M. Gondar of the 0-100 block of Woodland Drive, Yorkville; Charles Steinbach of the 1900 block of Meadowlark Lane, Yorkville; Kristine Heiman of the 5100 block of Baseline Road, Oswego; Andrew Torres of the 4200 block of Southerland Drive, Oswego; Mary Murray of the 100 block of East Tyler Street, Oswego; Ryan Kauffman of the 100 block of Nottingham Court, Oswego; Robyn Vickers of the 300 block of Westminster Court, Oswego; Diane M. Lapidus of the 100 block of Bradford Court, Oswego; Stephanie Kifowit of the 700 block of Millersburg Street, Oswego; Brooke Shanley of the 1700 block of Winterfield Drive, Aurora; and Ellen Brady of the 1900 block of Misty Ridge Lane, Aurora.

Candidates have also filed for state and federal elections, representing Kendall County. In the 25th District of the Illinois Senate, Karina Villa of the 400 block of East National Street, West Chicago, has filed as a Democrat. Jeanette Ward of Mulberry Drive, West Chicago; and Beth Goncher of the 100 block of South Western Avenue, Aurora, have filed as Republicans. The district currently is represented by Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove.

In the 49th District of the Illinois Senate, Meg Loughran Cappel of the 500 block of Northgate Lane, Shorewood; Larry E. Hug of the 1700 block of Corregidor Street, Joliet; and Michael Crowner of the 2100 block of Kemmerer Lane, Bolingbrook, have filed as Democrats. Thomas McCullagh of the 800 block of Vertin Boulevard, Shorewood, has filed as a Republican. The seat currently is held by Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood.

In the 97th Illinois House District, Harry Benton of the 13000 block of Sunderlin Road, Plainfield, has filed as a Democrat, while incumbent Mark Batinick of the 13000 block of South Lake Drive, Plainfield, has filed for reelection as a Republican.

Incumbent Stephanie Kifowit of the 700 block of Millersburg Street, Oswego, is seeking reelection as a Democrat in the 84th of the Illinois House District. Incumbent David Allen Welter, of the 1600 block of Locust Road, Morris, is seeking reelection as a Republican to the 75th Illinois House District. Incumbent Republican Keith Wheeler of the 200 block of Wolverine Drive, Oswego, is also seeking reelection to the 50th Illinois House District. Kifowit, Wheeler and Welter are unopposed in their primaries.

In the U.S. Congress, incumbent Bill Foster of the 500 block of Aurora Avenue, Naperville, is seeking reelection to the 11th Congressional District as a Democrat. Rachel Ventura of the 600 block of Norty Raynor Avenue, Joliet, also has filed as a Democrat for the seat. Rick Laib of the 900 block of Lemorr Avenue, Joliet, and Krishna K. Bansal of the 2400 block of Fawn Lake Circle, have filed as Republicans in the primary.

Incumbent Lauren Underwood of the 2600 block of Showplace Drive, Naperville, has filed for reelection to the 14th Congressional District as a Democrat. Underwood is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Several candidates have filed as Republicans in the primary race for the seat including Jim Oberweis of the 0-100 block of Buckingham Drive, Sugar Grove; Catalina Lauf of the 400 block of South Shannon Drive, Woodstock; James T. “Jim” Marter of the 200 block of Fox Chase Drive North, Oswego; Ted Gradel of the 2500 block of Winter Park Court, Naperville; Sue Rezin of the 5300 block of Crescent Green Court, Morris; Jerry Evans of Blackthorn Lane, Warrenville; and Anthony Catella of the 1100 block of South 10th Street, St. Charles.

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