* The county party meets Thursday to hear from potential candidates and this one is now on the radar…
If Cook County Clerk David Orr seeks an eighth term next year, he could be facing his first Democratic primary challenger in more than two decades.
Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough on Friday said she plans to run for the office that Orr has held since 1990. […]
“I plan to submit my credentials to the Cook County Democrats and hope to win the support to get the endorsement,” Yarbrough said. “I will be running.”
Orr, 72, in recent years has hemmed and hawed about running again, according to sources who say he now intends to seek re-election. In political circles, it was thought Orr would step down and County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia would be appointed to get a leg up in the next election, but that didn’t happen. Attempts to reach Orr were not successful Friday.
Voters folded Yarbrough’s office into the clerk’s office last year. Orr was in favor of the merger, while Yarbrough opposed it, so you reap what you sow, I suppose.
* Meanwhile, here’s Bernie…
Some central Illinois Statehouse races may be taking shape.
DILLON CLARK, 25, a Litchfield resident and Democratic Montgomery County Board member, says he’s running for state representative in the 95th District, now represented by Rep. AVERY BOURNE, R-Raymond. Clark had earlier considered a run for the House in the 13th Congressional District.
“The (general) election is well over a year away,” Bourne said in response, “and I’m focused on our work at hand — reaching a bipartisan solution on a balanced budget, enacting term limits, and reforming the way we fund our schools.”
And in the 99th House District, now represented by Republican SARA WOJCICKI JIMENEZ of Leland Grove, retired state police Master Sgt. MARC BELL, 53, of Chatham, said he is considering running as a Democrat.
Jimenez also said she is also focused on the legislature’s work and as for the election, “there will be time to talk about that at a later date. I am not focused on that right now at all.”
I told subscribers about Clark last week.