* Tom Kacich…
The candidate filing period in Illinois begins in six weeks, and State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, a Champaign Democrat, still doesn’t have a Republican opponent.
That means that if a Republican challenger wants to appear on the primary election ballot in March, she or he is going to have to hustle to come up with the required 5,000 to 10,000 signatures on candidate petitions that have to be filed between Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.
A spokesman for the Illinois Republican Party, Aaron DeGroot, displayed no sense of panic or urgency about candidate vacancies for statewide offices (there also is no announced GOP candidate to challenge State Comptroller Susana Mendoza).
“There are several individuals considering a run for Treasurer, but there are no declared candidates at this time,” DeGroot said. “Stay tuned.”
OK, but four years ago — when incumbent Treasurer Dan Rutherford was running for governor — the major party candidates were already announced, passing petitions and raising money.
Frerichs raised just $109K in the second quarter and spent $62K. Of that spending, $43K went to P2 Consulting, his fundraiser. Yes, it will likely be a pretty strong Democratic year next year here, but he had just $273K at the end of the 2nd quarter. He’s as close as they’re gonna get to a sitting duck and the Republicans aren’t even floating names.