Most Lake County Board seats, countywide offices will have competitive races next fall

Emily K. Coleman
4–5 minutes

Four of the 14 Lake County Board members and one of the four countywide incumbents up for election in 2018 remained without challengers Monday, which was the last day established-party candidates could file the paperwork and signatures necessary to appear on their party’s March primary ballot.

Independent candidates and those seeking to represent newly established parties don’t file paperwork until the spring.

Incumbent county board members who faced no challengers as of Monday are District 5’s Judy Martini, District 9’s Mary Ross Cunningham, District 15’s Carol Calabresa and District 21’s Ann Maine, according to Lake County Clerk records.

The sole countywide official up next year in the same position is Regional Superintendent of Schools Roycealee Wood, according to the Lake County Clerk. She is a Republican.

The other three countywide races will have competition.

In the Lake County Clerk’s race, two Democrats, Adam Broad of Buffalo Grove and Robin O’Connor of Libertyville, are vying to face incumbent Republican Carla Wyckoff in the fall, filing records show.

The races for Lake County treasurer and sheriff will not have primary challenges but include candidates from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

Incumbent Treasurer David Stolman, a Buffalo Grove Republican, will face Democrat Holly Kim of Mundelein in the fall, while incumbent Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran will face Democrat John Idleburg, filings show.

The competitive County Board districts include one where the incumbent will not be seeking another term.

District 3’s Tom Weber of Lake Villa is running as a Republican for the Illinois House of Representatives seat currently held by Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, who is not seeking another term. Weber was the only candidate to have filed by the end of the day Monday for that district, according to records.

Two Democrats and two Republicans are running to replace Weber, whose district covers Lindenhurst and Round Lake Heights. They include Democrats Anthony McConnell and Sharon Allen and Republicans Dick Barr and James Creighton Mitchell, filings show.

The other County Board districts up for re-election include:

*Grayslake’s 6th, where incumbent Republican Jeff Werfel will face a challenge from fellow Republican Bob Bednar, and Democrat John Wasik has also filed.

*Waukegan’s 8th, where incumbent Democrat Bill Durkin will face a challenge from fellow Democrat Juan Martinez.

*Mundelein’s 10th, where Democrat Jessica Vealitzek has filed and incumbent Republican Chuck Bartels will face two challengers in the March primary — Jeri Atleson and David Spada.

*Highland Park’s 11th, where incumbent Democrat Paul Frank and Republican Becky Zeidman have filed.

*Park City and North Chicago’s 14th, where incumbent Democrat Vance Wyatt will face three challengers from within his party —Angelo Kyle, Bonny Mayfield and Richard Otero-Cintron.

*Island Lake’s 17th, where Democrat Maria Peterson has filed and incumbent Republican Michael Danforth will face two challengers from within his party — Eleanor Sweet McDonnell and Linda Starkey.

*Vernon Hills’ 18th, where Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor, a Republican, and Democrat Julie Simpson have filed.

*Lake Zurich and Barrington’s 19th, where incumbent Republican Craig Taylor and Democrat Geoffrey Petzel have filed.

*Buffalo Grove’s 20th, where incumbent Republican Sidney Mathias and Democrat Adam Didech have filed.

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