First day of Kane County filings ensures chairman, state's attorney will be contested
The first day of candidate filings for Kane County's March primary election ensured the seats for county board chairman and state's attorney will be contested by Democrats for the first time since 2012 and 2008, respectively.
Two hopefuls each have filed for the Democratic nomination for both chairman and state's attorney, setting up a March 17 primary in which the winners will face off with Republicans for four-year teams on Nov. 3, 2020.
Democrats Jamie Mosser of Campton Hills and Junaid "J" Afeef of Elgin filed petitions to seek their party's nomination for state's attorney.
Incumbent Republican Joe McMahon, who was appointed in 2010 to fill the two years left on John Barsanti's term, is not seeking reelection. McMahon ran unopposed in 2012 and 2016; Robert Spence of Batavia is the only GOP candidate so far to file for state's attorney.
GOP county board Chairman Chris Lauzen of Aurora is seeking another four-year term; he was unopposed in the 2016 general election.
Greg Elsbree of Aurora and Corinne M. Pierog of Batavia are seeking the Democratic nod for chairman.
The circuit court clerk's post also is on track for a contested race. Incumbent Thomas Hartwell of South Elgin is seeking a third term and District 2 Kane County Board Theresa Barreiro, an Aurora Democrat, also has filed for the post and will not seek another term on the county board.
Robert Russell, a South Elgin Republican, is seeking a third term as coroner; no Democrat has filed for that post yet.
For auditor, Republican Terry Hunt of Big Rock is seeking another term; Penny Wegman of Elgin has filed as a Democrat.
For recorder, Sandy Wegman of Elgin is seeking another term; Brenda Rogers of Elgin is running for the Democratic nomination.
Numerous county board seats also will be decided next year.
In District 2, Dale Berman of North Aurora is running as a Democrat; no Republican has filed.
In District 4, Democrat Angela C. Thomas of Aurora is seeking another term; Tracy Miller of Aurora is running as a Republican.
In, District 6, incumbent Democrat Matt Hanson of Aurora is facing a primary challenge by Democrat Ron Ford of Aurora; no Republican has filed for that seat.
In District 8, Michelle Gumz of Aurora is running as a Democrat; no Republican has filed.
In District 10, Republican incumbent Susan Starrett of North Aurora is being challenged by Republican David Brown of Batavia, setting up a primary battle. Mary Kay Crantz of North Aurora is running as a Democrat.
In District 12, Ruth Kuzmanic of St. Charles is running as a Democrat; no Republican has filed.
In District 14, incumbent Republican Mark Davoust of St. Charles is being challenged by Republican Steven J. Oscarson of St. Charles; William K. Bachman of St. Charles is running as a Democrat.
In District 16, Republican Mike Kenyon of South Elgin is seeking reelection; Megan Larson of South Elgin is running as a Democrat.
In District 18, Republican Andrew Frasz of Elburn of Elburn is seeking another term; Sandy Kaczmarski of Elburn is seeking the Democratic nod.
In District 20, Cherryl Fritz Strathmann of Elgin has filed as a Democrat; no Republican has filed.
In District 22, Republican Douglas Scheflow of Elgin is seeking anther term; Randy Hopp of Elgin and Vern Tepe of Elgin are seeking the Democratic nomination.
In District 24, Jarett Sanchez of Carpentersville is running as a Democrat; he unsuccessfully ran in 2016.
The filing period runs until the end of the business day Monday, Dec. 2. A lottery will be held next week to determine which candidates who filed simultaneously Monday morning will be listed first on the ballot.
• Staff writer Elena Ferrarin contributed to this report.