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A quick look at the first day of petition filing

Monday, Nov 27, 2017

* Republican Erika Harold and these five Democrats filed petitions for attorney general today

Scott Drury, Renato Mariotti, Pat Quinn, Kwame Raoul and Nancy Rotering

That doesn’t mean all those candidates have enough valid signatures, it just means that they filed their petitions this morning.

Democrats Jesse Ruiz, Sharon Fairley and Aaron Goldstein did not file today. Not a good reflection on them, but they have until December 4th to get their signatures to the Board of Elections.

Info on gubernatorial filings is here.

* Nobody in either party filed to run for comptroller or treasurer today. Officials with the two incumbent Democrats, Susana Mendoza and Michael Frerichs, say they have enough signatures on hand now, but will wait to file until the last day to give Team Rauner less time to examine their sheets. However, they insist their petitions are “pristine.”

The two Republican candidates, Darlene Senger (comptroller) and Jim Dodge (treasurer), were still gathering signatures as of yesterday, according to Erika Harold.

Democrat Jesse White was the only candidate in either party to file for secretary of state today.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin filed his petitions today, but his primary opponent did not.

* Meanwhile

Preckwinkle is trying for a third term despite a public backlash against her pop tax, which the County Board has voted to repeal. Seeking to capitalize on Preckwinkle’s weakened political standing are Stroger and Bob Fioretti, a former Chicago alderman.

Fioretti told the Tribune he’s still collecting the 8,236 signatures needed to run for countywide office and “will be submitting soon,” while Stroger could not be reached for comment on when he’s planning to file to get on the ballot.

Preckwinkle said she is planning to challenge the validity of her opponents’ signatures, a tactic that sometimes results in candidates being removed from the ballot because they didn’t get enough legitimate names.

More Cook County filings are here.

* US Rep. Dan Lipinksi’s Democratic challenger Marie Newman did not file petitions today.

Five Democrats filed petitions to run against Republican US Rep. Peter Roskam (click here).

Democratic US Rep. Cheri Bustos did not file her petitions this morning, but two Republicans did.

Five Democrats filed to run in the uphill battle against GOP Congressman Randy Hultgren (click here).

Three Democrats filed to run against Republican incumbent Rodney Davis (click here).

And three Republicans filed to run against Democratic incumbent Brad Schneider (click here).

* There are a couple of interesting matchups in Democratic state central committeeperson races. For instance, Chicago Ald. Carrie Austin is up against US Rep. Robin Kelly. Sen. Don Harmon is running against US Rep. Danny Davis. More here.

* Related…

* Does ballot position matter?

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - DuPage Saint - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 1:51 pm:

    Republican for Secretary of State?

  2. - Fax Machine - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 2:01 pm:

    Harmon had filed for State Central Committeeman against Danny Davis in 2010 but ultimately withdrew. For some reason DPOP regulars absolutely loathe Danny Davis. However it is still a black majority district and Harmon wouldn’t be able to overtake Danny unless he recruits some shill candidates to split the black vote, which is not too hard (it only takes 100 signatures).

  3. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 2:03 pm:

    ===two Republican candidates, Darlene Senger (comptroller) and Jim Dodge (treasurer), were still gathering signatures as of yesterday…===


    Not the best sign, but…

  4. - Fax Machine - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 2:04 pm:

    On that note, why isn’t anyone running against Mike Madigan for State Central Committeeman? There is a lot more to the 3rd Congressional than 13th Ward/22nd House and much of those conservative suburban Democrats hate his guts.

    It only takes 100 signatures to run - if I lived in the 3rd Congressional I would put my name on the ballot and see if I could ride the anti-Madigan wave to victory.

  5. - Lunchbox - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 2:13 pm:

    The question we’re all thinking…will Bob Daiber get enough valid signatures to make the ballot?

  6. - Anonymous - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 2:21 pm:

    I would reserve judgment on all these late filers until 12/4. If they don’t file then or if they file with the minimum, then we’ll know they aren’t serious candidates.

  7. - Oswego Willy - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 2:22 pm:

    As was pointed out earlier today, Jason Plummer filed for the an Illinois State Senate seat.

    @FakeJimOberweis - hey @FakeJasonPlummer. Good luck, but I’m here to tell you, they’ll park you in the IL Senate and leave you here. You deserve to be free. #ParkedProblem

    @FakeJasonPlummer - thanks @FakeJimOberweis. When I win, I’ll show you all how important and smart I am. I’m gonna be like the Rudolph to all you reindeer. #LifeLessons

    @FakeJimOberweis - ok, @FakeJasonPlummer, you do that. I give out free ice cream and I can’t catch a break #ColdLesson

    @FakeJasonPlummer - you’ll like me, I promise. You’ll like me or you’ll get free lumber. That doesn’t melt. #ChipOffTheOleBlockhead

  8. - Gooner - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 3:03 pm:


    Much of the district does not like Danny Davis. He’s a do-nothing Congressman who is constantly floating his name for any other office.

  9. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 3:20 pm:

    OW, the Plummer empire has expanded down home. They have office buildings, strip centers, and even a hotel IIRC.

    @FakeJasonPlummer-I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night. Does that make me more Senatorial? #LoveFreeBreakfast

  10. - Regular democrat - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 7:17 pm:

    Im sure the everyone shaking in their boots because sugar momma is going to challenge her opponents petitions. Hers will be challenged because nobody wanted to sign them in the first place and she knows it. Complete joke

  11. - justacitizen - Monday, Nov 27, 17 @ 8:58 pm:

    ===On that note, why isn’t anyone running against Mike Madigan for State Central Committeeman?===

    Since no one responded to your question, the obvious answer is that everyone is afraid to.

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