5 file to run for one Lake County Board seat

  • Denise Rotheimer

    Denise Rotheimer

  • David Zipp

    David Zipp

  • Judy Martini

    Judy Martini

 
 
Updated 11/30/2015 8:50 PM

Interest in the March primary appears tepid in many places, but not for a Lake County Board seat that includes Fox Lake, Wauconda, Round Lake and other towns.

While there are a slew of uncontested primaries for the Lake County Board, such is not the case for the Republicans and Democrats in District 5. That's where longtime member Bonnie Thomson Carter, an Ingleside Republican, isn't seeking re-election.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Primary battles also are shaping up in countywide races for coroner and state's attorney.

Democratic Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd will find himself in a primary race against Deputy Coroner Michael P. Donnenwirth. On the Republican side for coroner, Howard Cooper won't have any competition on the primary ballot. Democrats Matt Stanton an Michael J. Perillo, Jr. are on the primary ballot for state's attorney. Republican State's Attorney Michael Nerheim is unopposed.

On a more regional level, the Republican primary in March will feature a three-way contest for the seat of departing state Sen. Dan Duffy of Lake Barrington. The Senate District 26 seat in play covers parts of Lake, McHenry and Cook counties.

Candidates had until 5 p.m. Monday to file paperwork to get on the March 15 ballot. The primary winners move on to the Nov. 8, 2016, general election.

Democratic voters in Lake County Board District 5 will select from Gloria Charland of Ingleside, who couldn't be reached for comment, and Fox Lake resident Roger T. Smith Sr., an eight-year board member at Fox Lake Elementary District 114. Smith said Carter's pending departure makes the election enticing.

"Maybe an opportunity for us Democrats to get that seat," Smith said of Carter's decision to not see re-election. District 5 includes Fox Lake, Lakemoor, Volo and parts of Round Lake, Wauconda, Antioch and Lake Villa.

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Smith said he'd make it a priority to get to know District 5 residents and bring knowledge of how to operate an efficient government to the county board.

On the Republican side of the primary, Ingleside resident Denise Rotheimer will be on the primary ballot in District 5 with David Zipp, a Gavin Elementary District 37 board member, and Judy Martini, a former Lake County Board member who lives in Fox Lake and now serves on the village's planning commission.

Rotheimer ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for the county board's 17th District seat in 2008 when she lived in Barrington. A crime victims rights activist, Rotheimer said she wants to scale back the costs of Lake County government and help reduce property taxes. She said she also would push for a ballot measure seeking to cut the number of county board members from 21 to 11.

"Additionally, I intend to work with our legislators in Springfield to pass a law that will eliminate pensions for part-time elected county officials," Rotheimer said.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Zipp also questioned the expense of county government. He cited a Forbes magazine report showing residents pay five times the national average in property taxes that are among the highest of all counties in the United States.

"I have so many clients who have sold their homes in Lake County, but continue to work here," said Zipp, an attorney. "I don't know (specifically) where to cut but I think we can spend our money smarter."

Martini said her previous experience on the county board makes her more qualified than Rotheimer and Zipp. She said she welcomes lively debate with her primary opponents in a race that likely drew more attention than usual because no incumbent is running.

"It takes you a couple of years after you get sworn in to understand what county issues are all about," said Martini, who was a Lake County Board member from 1994 to 2008.

In Senate District 26, the departing Duffy is backing Dan McConchie of Hawthorn Woods as his replacement. However, to reach the November election, McConchie will have to defeat primary opponents Mettawa Mayor Casey Urlacher, brother of former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, and Barrington Hills Mayor Martin McLaughlin.

The senate district includes parts of northwest Cook County, southern and central Lake County and southeastern McHenry County. No Democrat in that district filed to get on the March primary ballot.

Lake County Republican Chairman Michael Amrozowicz of Gurnee and Blake Hudson of Zion, who jumped in Monday, will face off in the GOP primary for the 31st Senate District. Bush doesn't have a primary opponent and will compete against the Republican victor in November 2016.

Topping the 2016 primary ballot will be Republican and Democratic presidential contenders. There also will be contests for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, state Senate, state House, countywide office and county board on the March 15 ballot, plus local posts, such as precinct committeeman.

• Daily Herald staff writers Mick Zawislak and Mike Riopell contributed to this report

StatewideComptroller

(Democrat) 4-year term

Susana Mendoza

(Republican) 4-year term

Leslie Munger*

State LegislatureSTATE SENATE

Senate, 26th District

(Republican) 2-year term

Casey Urlacher

Dan McConchie

Martin McLaughlin

Senate, 29th District

(Democrat) 2-year term

Julie Morrison*

(Republican) 2-year term

Benjamin Salzberg

Senate, 31st District

(Democrat) 4-year term

Melinda Bush*

(Republican) 4-year term

Blake Hudson

Michael Amrozowicz

Senate, 32nd District

(Republican) 2-year term

Pamela Althoff*

STATE REPRESENTATIVES

Representative, 51st District

(Republican) 2-year term

Nick Sauer

Representative, 52nd District

(Republican) 2-year term

David McSweeney*

Representative, 58th District

(Democrat) 2-year term

Scott Drury*

Representative, 59th District

(Democrat) 2-year term

Carol Sente*

(Republican) 2-year term

Dawn Abernathy

Representative, 60th District

(Democrat) 2-year term

Rita Mayfield*

(Republican) 2-year term

Robert Ochsner

Representative, 61st District

(Democrat) 2-year term

Nick Ciko

(Republican) 2-year term

Sheri Jesiel*

Representative, 62nd District

(Democrat) 2-year term

Sam Yingling*

(Republican) 2-year term

Rod Drobinski

Representative, 64th District

(Republican) 2-year term

Barbara Wheeler*

Lake CountyState's Attorney

(Democrat) 4-year term

Matt Stanton

Michael J. Perillo Jr.

(Republican) 4-year term

Michael Nerheim*

Clerk of the Circuit Court

(Democrat) 4-year term

Erin Cartwright Weinstein

(Republican) 4-year term

Keith Brin*

Coroner

(Democrat) 4-year term

Michael P. Donnenwirth

Thomas Rudd*

(Republican) 4-year term

Howard Cooper

Recorder of Deeds

(Democrat) 4-year term

Mary Ellen Vanderventer*

County Board, District 1

(Republican) 4-year term

Linda Pedersen*

County Board, District 2

(Democrat) 4-year term

Diane Hewitt*

County Board, District 4

(Democrat) 4-year term

John Idleburg

(Republican) 4-year term

Brent Paxton*

County Board, District 5

(Democrat) 4-year term

Gloria Charland

Roger T. Smith Sr.

(Republican) 4-year term

David A. Zipp

Denise Rotheimer

Judy Martini

County board, District 7

(Democrat) 4-year term

Mary Turley

(Republican) 4-year term

Steve Carlson*

County board, District 11

(Democrat) 4-year term

Paul H. Frank

(Republican) 4-year term

Laura Lambrecht

County board, District 12

(Republican) 4-year term

S. Michael Rummel*

County board, District 13

(Democrat) 4-year term

Sandra Hart*

County board, District 14

(Democrat) 4-year term

Audrey Nixon*

County board, District 15

(Republican) 4-year term

Carol Calabresa*

County board, District 16

(Democrat) 4-year term

Terry Wilke*

(Republican) 4-year term

Timothy Walsh

County board, District 18

(Democrat) 4-year term

Gerri Songer

(Republican) 4-year term

Aaron Lawlor*

County board, District 20

(Republican) 4-year term

Sidney Mathias*

County board, District 21

(Republican) 4-year term

Ann B. Maine*

Robert Haraden

North Shore Sanitary District, Ward 1

(Democrat) 4-year term

Preston Carter*

North Shore Sanitary District, Ward 2

(Democrat) 4-year term

David Koss

Stephen Drew*

(Republican) 4-year term

Kenneth W. Arnold

North Shore Sanitary District, Ward 4

(Republican) 4-year term

Frank "Pony" Swanton

Thomas Swarthout*

McHenry CountyState's Attorney

(Republican) 4-year term

Daniel Regna

Louis Bianchi*

Patrick Keanneally

Auditor

(Republican) 4-year term

Pamela Palmer*

Clerk of the Circuit Court

(Republican) 4-year term

Katherine Keefe*

Coroner

(Republican) 4-year term

Anne Majewski*

Recorder of deeds

(Republican) 4-year term

Joe Tirio

Joni Smith

Tina Hill

County Board, District 3

(Democrat) Vote for 2, 2-year terms

Kenneth Miller

(Republican) Vote for 2, 2-year terms

Cherie Rickert

Michael Walkup*

Nancy Gonsiorek

Nick Provenzano*

County Board, District 4

(Republican) Vote for 2, 2-year terms

Craig Wilcox

Kay Bates

Sue Draffkorn*

* = Incumbent

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