Herald-Whig

Incumbents, challengers file candidate petitions in Illinois

Posted: Dec. 2, 2017 10:40 pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Primary election races are shaping up in the Illinois 18th congressional district after two Republicans and two Democrats have filed election petitions this week.

U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, filed for re-election on Monday. LaHood won a special election in 2015 and was re-elected in 2016. He previously served in the Illinois Senate.

Another Republican, Donald Ray Rients of Benson, turned in his campaign paperwork on Monday as well. Rients ran in the special election in 2015, getting 3 percent of the vote.

Since both candidates filed when election offices opened on Monday, a drawing will determine which name will be listed first on the March primary ballots.

Two Democrats also have filed for the congressional race. Brian J. Deters, a Quincy native now living in Morton, filed Monday to secure the top spot in his party's primary. Junius Rodriguez, of Eureka, who challenged LaHood in 2016, filed Thursday.

Another primary race is shaping up in the 93rd Illinois House District.

Two Republicans, state Rep. Norine Hammond, of Macon and Joshua L. Griffith, of Abingdon, both filed Monday. Democrat John Curtis, of Macomb, who challenged Hammond last year, filed his candidate petitions on Wednesday.

State Rep. Randy Frese, R-Paloma, filed for re-election in the 94th District and state Sen. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, filed for re-election in that chamber's 47th District.

Jill Reis, R-Quincy, filed for re-election as regional superintendent of schools for Adams, Brown, Cass and Morgan counties.

Sen. Sam McCann, R-Carlinville, had not filed for the 50th District seat he has held since Jan 2011. Steve McClure, a Republican from Springfield filed his petitions on Monday.

Rep. "Christopher" C.D. Davidsmeyer, R-Jacksonville, filed for re-election on Monday.

Election filings will close at the end of business on Monday.