Illinois GOP fills slate for statewide offices in 2018

Illinois GOP fills slate for statewide offices in 2018

Hear from Treasurer Mike Frerichs Tuesday at 7:40 on WDWS.

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Republicans finally have a full slate of candidates for constitutional offices in next year's election, according to an email sent to party officials.

Until this weekend, the party had no announced candidates for state treasurer or comptroller, with the filing period deadline for the primary election March 20 less than a month away.

But former state Rep. Darlene Senger of Naperville, who has been Gov. Bruce Rauner's legislative liaison since July, will be the party's contender for state comptroller.

And Jim Dodge, an Orland Park village trustee, will be the GOP candidate for treasurer.

Aaron DeGroot, a spokesman for the state party, confirmed the emailed announcement this morning.

Senger, 62, also has served as a member of the Naperville City Council, chief financial officer for the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission and external relations officer for the Illinois Policy Institute.

The comptroller's office now is held by Chicago Democrat Susana Mendoza, who last year unseated Republican incumbent Leslie Munger.

The Republican candidate for state treasurer will be Dodge, who in the 2010 GOP primary challenged the late Judy Baar Topinka for state comptroller and got 19 percent in a three-way race. Topinka won with 59 percent.

Dodge has bachelor's degree in psychology from DePaul University and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He serves as a vice president of the Nielsen Co.

He likely will challenge incumbent Mike Frerichs, a Champaign Democrat, for state treasurer in next November's general election.

The party's candidate for secretary of state is Jason Helland, who has been the Grundy County state's attorney since 2012.

He apparently will face Jesse White, the Chicago Democrat who has held the office since 1999. In August, White announced he is running for a sixth term.

The newly announced candidates now have to collect between 5,000 and 10,000 petition signatures by Dec. 4.

And at a meeting Monday of the Champaign County Active Senior Republicans, a representative of Illinois Rebuild Project, a coalition of Citizens for Rauner, the state Republican Party and the House Republican Organization, passed out petitions for the statewide candidates.

The Republican Party already has announced that Urbana attorney Erika Harold will be its candidate for attorney general.

Rauner is running for a second term, although he may have two challengers.

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