A sure sign campaign season is underway in Illinois comes as election officials prepare to receive nomination petitions.
Monday is the first day the papers can be filed for candidates standing in the March 18 primary. And who gets theirs in first also helps determine who gets their name listed in coveted positions high up on the ballot.
Candidates running for governor and other statewide offices submit their papers to the State Board of Elections in Springfield. Candidates for municipal office file theirs with county clerks.
Locally, County Clerk Steve Fox filed his petitions to run for reelection, while Treasurer Patti J. Hahn, and Sheriff Jerry DeVore submitted their petitions to seek their own reelections.
For Marion County Board, Michael Ice submitted his paperwork to seek reelection for District 2 and former Centralia mayor Becky Ault submitted petitions to seek election to the county board representing District 5.
For federal and state offices, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin filed along with two republican challengers Monday morning. Republicans Jim Oberweis and Douglas Truax are challenging Durbin, a three term incumbent who currently serves as the Senate Majority Whip. U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, filed to run again in the 15th Congressional District.
Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, 54th District; Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Swansea, 113th District; Rep. Jerry Costello II, D-Smithton, 116th District; Rep. Charlie Meier, R-Okawville, 108th District; and Rep. John Cavaletto, R-Salem, 107th District, are so far running unopposed and submitted their petitions Monday morning.
In the 115th Illinois House District, four candidates filed petitions to run for the seat currently held by Rep. Mike Bost. They are: Republican Terri Bryant of Murphysboro, Republican Robert “Bob” White of Mount Vernon, Democrat Tony Mayville of DuBois and Democrat William Kilquist of Carbondale. Mayville has served as the head of Washington County’s Democratic Party and holds a $75,000-a-year job as an administrator for the state Department of Natural Resources.
December 2 is the last day that candidates can file petitions.