STATEWIDE OFFICES TO BE DECIDED TUESDAY
Voters on Tuesday will find a full slate of candidates for the statewide offices including representatives of the Green Party. Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, is facing Republican Judy Baar Topinka, and the Green Party’s Rich Whitney. Topinka is currently the state treasurer. The candidates for lieutenant governor are Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn, Republican Joe Birkett, and Green Party’s Julie Samuels. The attorney general’s race features incumbent Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, and Republican Stewart Umholtz and Green Party’s David F. Black.
Secretary of State Jesse White is being challenged by Republican Dan Rutherford and Green Party’s Karen Young Peterson. Comptroller Daniel Hynes is seeking re-election and is opposed by Republican Carole Pankau and Green Party’s Alicia Marie Snyder. And running for Illinois Treasurer are Republican Christine Radogno, Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, and Green Party’s Dan Rodriguez Schlorff. The winner of this race replaces Judy Baar Topinka.
CONGRESSIONAL AND ILLINOIS HOUSE RACES PREVIEW
Voters in 30 counties will elect a member of the US House of Representatives for the 19th District. This includes Bond, Clinton, Madison, and Fayette counties. The district stretches from Sangamon and Christian counties to Massac County on the south. The incumbent is Republican John Shimkus of Collinsville who has served in Congress since 1997. Shimkus attended West Point and is currently a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Reserves. He was a teacher at Metro-East Lutheran High School in Edwardsville prior to entering into public service.
The Democratic challenger, Danny Stover is a Centralia city councilman and chairman of the Marion County Mental Health Board. He also was a program coordinator and instructor for Kaskaskia College’s Administration of Justice and Political Science department.
An Illinois House of Representatives race that has generated a lot of interest is in the 107th District which covers parts of Clinton, Fayette, and Effingham counties. Democrat Kurt Granberg of Carlyle has been an Illinois House member since 1987 and is currently the Assistant Majority Leader. His opponent, Republican John D. Cavaletto of Salem, spent 37 years as a teacher, basketball coach, and administrator in several school districts including Mater Dei, Salem, and Mulberry Grove from 1966 through 1968.
SOME CANDIDATES RUNNING UNOPPOSED
A few of Tuesday’s races will lack drama as candidates are running unopposed. These include State Senator Frank Watson in the 51st District, State Representative Ron Stephens in the 102nd District, Bond County Clerk Randy Reitz, Bond County Sheriff Jeff Brown, and Regional Superintendent of Schools Mark Drone. His district includes Bond, Effingham, and Fayette counties.
SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION PACKETS AVAILABLE THIS MONTH
The General Election is just around the corner. November 7th is not only a day to go out and vote, but it's also the day when school board election packets, including the petitions, will be available for the Spring 2007 election. They may be picked up at the Unit 1 and Unit 2 offices. If you're interested in running for either board, the filing period for candidates is January 29 through February 6, 2007. Petitions must be turned back into the appropriate unit office. The election is April 17, 2007.
Three seats are open on each board and include those currently held by Tom Theiss, Ron Smith and Roger Staff in Unit 2; and Bill Johnson, Kevin Rickman and Teresa Tompkins in Unit 1.