Champaign County incumbents file nominating petitions
URBANA — Virtually every incumbent Champaign County officeholder filed to run for another term Monday morning.
Nominating petitions were filed at the county clerk's office for Sheriff Dan Walsh, Treasurer Dan Welch and County Clerk Gordy Hulten, all Republicans.
No Democrats filed to run for any of the countywide offices, and Champaign County Democratic Party Chair Al Klein said he isn't sure he will have any contenders for countywide office in the March 18 primary election.
"There are no countywide candidates at this time who are circulating petitions, at least that I know of," Klein said. "I always have hopes."
Even if no one steps up to run, Klein said, the party can still slate countywide candidates after the primary. But any slated candidates still will need to collect petitions with the signatures of at least 283 registered Democratic voters.
Also Monday, more than a dozen candidates, Democrats and Republicans, filed papers to run for the Champaign County Board.
By county board district, the candidates are:
District 1 — Incumbent Republican board member Gary Maxwell of Mahomet filed for re-election.
District 2 — Republican Jack Anderson of Rantoul, who is seeking to replace Republican Stan James on the board, was the only person to file. James has said that he is not running for re-election.
District 3 — No candidates yet.
District 4 — Incumbent Republican Jim McGuire of Champaign filed for re-election.
District 5 — Incumbent Republican Max Mitchell of Champaign filed for re-election.
District 6 — Incumbent Democrat Pattsi Petrie of Champaign filed for re-election. Republican Dan Jackson of Champaign also filed.
District 7 — Incumbent Democrat Al Kurtz, the county board chairman, filed for re-election. Former county board chairman C. Pius Weibel, also a Democrat, filed to challenge Kurtz. Republican Tom Grey of Champaign also filed to run.
District 8 — Democrat Scott Redenbaugh of Champaign filed to run for the seat now held by Democrat Michael Richards. Richards is not running for re-election.
District 9 — Incumbent Democrat Ralph Langenheim of Urbana filed to run for re-election. He will be challenged by Democrat Shana Jo Harrison of Savoy.
District 10 — Incumbent Democrat Christopher Alix of Urbana filed to run for re-election.
District 11 — Incumbent Democrat Lorraine Cowart of Champaign filed to run for re-election.