League of Women Voters to host candidate forum for Kane County area races Feb. 20

The League of Women Voters is hosting a forum for candidates in the March 19 primary election at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave.

According to a release from Voter Service Chair for the Central Kane County League Patti Lackman, all the candidates on the primary ballot were invited, but not all are attending.

The Feb. 20 forum will feature candidates for these contested races:

• 49th Illinois Representative District, Republicans Aris Garcia and Hannah Billingsley;

• Kane County Recorder, Democrats Brenda Rodgers and Marisela Villegas;

• Kane County District 12, incumbent Bill Roth, R-St. Charles, will attend, his opponent Michelle Geen will not.

• Kane County District 14, incumbent Mark Davoust, R-St. Charles, will attend, his opponent Jonathan Gripe will not.

For Kane County District 6, neither the incumbent Ron Ford, D-Aurora, nor his opponent, Sonia Garcia, are participating in the forum.

Audience questions will be pre-screened by a team of League members for appropriateness prior to asking. At the end of each segment, the candidates will have up to one minute each for a closing statement.

The Leagues of Women Voters of the Aurora Area, Central Kane County and Elgin Area are co-hosting the Feb. 20 forum.

Both forums will be livestreamed and available for later viewing on the BATV YouTube channel. The recordings also will be posted to the respective Leagues’ websites and to the IL Vote Guide.

More information about the forums or other events hosted by the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County is available via email at

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