Two surprises in last day of candidate filings for March primary

Two surprises in last day of candidate filings for March primary

Dozens of additional federal, state and local candidates filed their nominating petitions Monday to appear on the March 20 primary election ballot in Illinois.

There were two major surprises, with Democratic state Sen. Michael Hastings of Tinley Park filing to run against six-term incumbent Secretary of State Jesse White, saying he did it "to be ready in case" White chose not to run.

And a fifth Democrat — Angel Sides of Springfield — jumped into the race in the 13th Congressional District, joining David Gill of Bloomington, Erik Jones of Edwardsville, Betsy Londrigan of Springfield and Jon Ebel of Urbana. The winner will face incumbent Republican Rep. Rodney Davis of Taylorville. Sides describes herself on social media as a teacher and activist.

Among others filing Monday were:

— Tio Hardiman of Calumet City, a Democratic candidate for governor, along with his lieutenant governor running mate, Patricia Avery of Champaign. Avery is a former chair of the Champaign County Board.

On the Republican side, state Rep. Jeanne Ives of Wheaton filed as a challenger to Gov. Bruce Rauner.

— Champaign Democrat Mike Frerichs, seeking a second term as state treasurer. A Republican candidate, Jim Dodge of Orland Park, also brought his petitions to the State Board of Elections.

— Gary Grasso of Burr Ridge as a Republican candidate for attorney general, challenging party favorite Erika Harold of Urbana. Grasso is a DuPage County Board member and a former mayor of Burr Ridge.

Three more Democrats — Jesse Ruiz, Sharon Fairley and Aaron Goldstein, all of Chicago — joined what is now an eight-way Democratic race for the office now held by Democrat Lisa Madigan.

— Democratic Comptroller Susana Mendoza of Chicago for another term. Republican challenger Darlene Senger, a former state representative from Naperville, also filed.

— Republican Jason Helland of Mazon for secretary of state. The Democratic candidates are White and Hastings.

— Three people — two Democrats and a Republican — filed in area state representative contests. Benjamin Webb, who at one time had agreed to run for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 13th District, filed to run in the 105th Illinois House District, where Rep. Dan Brady, R-Bloomington is running for another term along with GOP challenger David Blumenshine of Normal.

Jennifer McMillin of Decatur is a Democratic candidate in the 101st Illinois House District, where there are three Republican contenders. And Terry Davis of Mattoon filed to run as a Republican in the 110th Illinois House District against Chris Miller of Oakland.

— Six more people — four of them Democrats — made official their candidacy for Champaign County seats. They include Democrat Darlene Kloeppel of Urbana for county executive, Champaign Democrat George Danos for county auditor and former Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing for county treasurer.

Diane Michaels of Rantoul became a Republican candidate for county auditor and Greg Worrell of Thomasboro became a GOP contender for sheriff, joining Allen Jones of Rantoul.

Pranjal Vachaspati, a Democrat, filed to run as a candidate in County Board District 9, where Incumbent Democrat Shana Jo Crews is not running for re-election.

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