Coroner Rudd to run for re-election as an independent

  • Thomas Rudd

    Thomas Rudd

  • Michael Donnenwirth

    Michael Donnenwirth

  • Howard Cooper

    Howard Cooper

Updated 6/28/2016 4:09 PM

Months after withdrawing from the Democratic Party primary, Lake County Coroner Thomas Rudd has filed to run for re-election as an independent candidate.

Rudd submitted the necessary paperwork for November's general election Monday, according to the Lake County clerk's office. He couldn't be immediately reached for comment.


Rudd, a first-term incumbent from Lake Forest, dropped out of a Democratic Party showdown with challenger Michael P. Donnenwirth of Waukegan in December 2015, ahead of the March primary.

Rudd's candidate paperwork had been challenged by Theodore M. Livengood Jr. and Robert J. Bednar, two Lake County Republicans.

At the time, Rudd said his handling of a few controversial cases contributed to the political challenge.

Rudd is set to take on Donnenwirth and Republican Howard Cooper in the Nov. 8 general election.

Donnenwirth said he plans to examine Rudd's latest candidate paperwork before deciding whether to file an objection.

Cooper couldn't be reached for comment.

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