List of State & Federal candidates from Illinois
We're been consentrating a lot on state senator and state rep. races of late, so I thought the Monday filing period is a good opportunity to review who's running on the state/federal level from Illinois. The liberal blogs are already heating up with comments. Here's an updated for the GOP and Dem primaries along with my take on the sitution
Bill Brady (R) - State Sen., Developer & GOP Activist
Ron Gidwitz (R) - Businessman, Philanthropist & Ex-State Board of Education Chair
Andy Martin (R) - Legal Activist & Frequent Candidate
Jim Oberweis (R) - Securities Firm Executive, Dairy Company Owner & '02/'04 US Senate Candidate
Judy Baar Topinka (R) - State Treasurer, Ex-State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Ex-State GOP Chair
Andy Marin was throw off the ballot last time running for Senate. I expect something simular this time. That would leave us with two conservatives (Brady and Oberweis) and two so-called "moderates" (Topinka and Gidwitz)
Joe Birkett (R) - DuPage County State's Attorney & '02 Attorney General Nominee
Lawrence Bruckner (R) - Attorney, Motel Owner, Army Veteran & '06 State Rep. Candidate
Jeremy Cole (R)
Steve Rauschenberger (R) - State Sen., Ex-Furniture Retailer & '04 US Senate Candidate
Sandy Wegman (R) - Kane County Recorder & Ex-Gail Borden Library Trustee
Notice who's NOT on the list. Did Kathuria even bother to file? I talked to him lately and it seems like he backed out at the last second. But there are still five candiates, which begs the question, who is 'Jeremy Cole'? Perhaps he and Martin can run as a ticket.
SECRETARY OF STATE:
Dan Rutherford (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Businessman
Stu Umholtz (R) - Tazewell County States' Attorney
Christine Radogno (R) - State Sen., Ex-La Grange Village Board Member & Social Worker
Carole Pankau (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Ex-DuPage County Board Member
As expected, our "down the ticket" statewide races are unopposed in the GOP primary and feature fairly standard ILGOP candidates. Some of the egomanics running for Gov/Lt. Gov SHOULD have looked into the "second tier" statewide offices. Radogno even has Topinka's "blessing" to succeed her as Treasurer. Oh well, we'll make due with what we have.
Jason Tabour (R) - Businessman, USMC Veteran & '04 State Rep. Nominee
Jason ran against Brosnahan last time and should have doen well but got slaughtered. Why he's decided to take on Rush in a "safe" Dem district is beyond me.
Robert Belin (R)
Howard Schug (R) - Lansing Library Trustee
No clue who either of these are, but looks like at least one is an elected official. It will be a miricle to get good numbers out of JJJ's district though.
Arthur Jones (R) - Neo-Nazi Activist, Insurance Salesman & Frequent Candidate
Ray Wardingley (R) - Retired Entertainer, USAF Veteran & Frequent Candidate
Well we know who NOT to vote for, Jones sound like a disaster for the party. Wardingley runs decent campaigns against overwhemingly odds but is ignored by the party and mocked by the media. Notice who DIDN'T file -- what happened to Dennis Cook?
Ann Melichar (R) - Attorney
No clue about her.
Kevin White (R)
Peter Roskam (R) - State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Roskam is officially unopposed. Let's hope the "moderates" who always lecture us about "party unity" will do so when the shoe is on the other foot.
Charles Hutchinson (R)
Don't know who this sacifical lamb is.
Ken Arnold (R) - Human Resources Consuting Firm Owner & GOP Activist
Teresa Bartels (R) - Businesswoman & Community Activist
Bob Churchill (R) - State Rep., Attorney & '98 Sec. of State Candidate
Aaron Lincoln (R) - Attorney & Army Veteran
David McSweeney (R) - Investment Banker & Ex-Palatine Township Trustee
James Mitchell Jr. (R)
Kathy Salvi (R) - Attorney & Wife of Ex-US Senate Candidate Al Salvi
Officially a seven way race, but the only ones who have a shot at winning the primary are probably Bartels, Churchill, McSweeney, and Salvi. All would be infinitely superior to Bean, even Bartles.
Kurt Eckhardt (R) - Investment Banker, '04 Nominee & '03 Chicago Alderman Candidate
Simon Ribeiro (R)
Michael Shannon (R)
Looks like Kurt is gearing up again after the media crusified him last time around. Two other names have emerged.
Mark Kirk (R)
If Mark Kirk is so proud of his "Independant, Thoughtful Leadership", why does he keep running as a REPUBLICAN and telling us what to do? Someone PLEASE run against this guy in a primary.
Jerry Weller (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Nothing to see here.
C'mon, nobody has the guts to take on Costello? That's a downstate seat and he's ultra-liberal, minus his "pro-life" views. Granted, it is filled with solid Dem towns, but were' talking at least a 40% GOP vote in the general.
Judy Biggert (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Bob Hart (R) - '04 Candidate
Bob ran last time against RINO Biggert and got tossed from the ballot. He's back with a website and more prepared than his last-second entry in 2004. Let's hope he pulls it off and people can send a message to Judy.
Denny Hastert (R)* - (Speaker's Office) - (Campaign Site)
Like someone would challenge the speaker in the primary.
Tim Johnson (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Nothing to see here.
Don Manzullo (R)* - (Campaign Site)
Brian "Gilligan" Gilliland (R) - Homebuilder & NFL Player Agent
Jim Mowen (R) - Real Estate Developer
Andrea Lane Zinga (R) - Ex-TV News Anchor, Ex-Teacher & '04 Nominee
Zinga ran a high profile campaign last time but hardly did any better than the token GOP opposition in 2002. Gililand and Mowen would probably run more favorably against increasingly unlikeable Dem incumbent Lane, but lack the $$$ to make it a real race.
Ray LaHood (R)
Nobody challenges LaThug in the primary. Of course if they did, the Peoria machine would probably see to it that they get kicked off the ballot. They don't like "elections" or "nominations" in this rigged GOP district.
John Shimkus (R)* - (Campaign Site)
John has been a great congressman and will be an easy victor for yeras to come, surprising since he holds TWO formerly Dem districts. He SHOULD have run for statewide office.
STATE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS:
Rod Blagojevich (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Edwin Eisendrath (D) - Ex-Chicago Alderman, Ex-Chicago Housing Authority Chair & College Official
Philip Sitkowski (D) - Labor Union Organizer
Sitkowski should have probably run against Bean. Eisendrath is the credible candidate (weird name, but hey, he's running against Blago), but I'm sure the party "leaders" will try to throw him out of the race and prevent democracy. He won't win but has the potential to force Blago to deplete his warchest.
Pat Quinn (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Surprsingly, nobody filed against Quinn, even though the Chicago bosses can't "control" him and would panic if suddenly took over in the event anything happened to Blago.
SECRETARY OF STATE:
Jesse White (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Ol' Jesse is back, and probably more vunerable this time.
Lisa Madigan (D)* - (Campaign Site)
NOBODY challenge's Mike's little girl!
Alexi Giannoulias (D) - Bank Vice President
Paul Mangieri (D) - Knox County State's Attorney & '02 State Sen. Nominee
Magieri has the blessing of the Chicago Dem establishment in the hope they can the shake the "we only have Chicago candidates" image by nomatign a token downstater. Giannoulias has $$$ but would be easier to beat.
Dan Hynes (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Dan Hynes for Temporary Comptroller -- until a better statewide office comes along!
Bobby Rush (D)*
Phillip Jackson (D) - Ex-Chicago Housing Authority CEO & Ex-Chicago Chief of Education
I remember when the media's golden boy Obama couldn't even beat Rush. Bobby Rush has done everything possibly lately to make himself look like a loser, let's home Jackson gets a sizeable chunk of the "anyone but Rush" vote.
Jesse L. Jackson Jr. (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Anthony Williams (Libertarian) - Lutheran Pastor, Ex-Democrat & '04 Candidate
The Shaw brothers just don't have the clout they used to. The most oppositon JJJ will get from the left is Williams in the general election
Dan Lipinski (D)* - (Campaign Site)
John Kelly (D) - Financial Planner
John Sullivan (D) - Assistant Cook County State's Attorney & Ex-Congressional Aide
Sullivan can run a credible campaign against little Dan the annointed one. On the negative side, Dan is a political hack. On the positive side, he's far closer to us on the issues than any Dem who would topple him in the primary. In the event of the GOP takeover in a decade, the smart move would be to get Dan to switch sides.
Luis Gutierrez (D)*
So-called "socially conservative" hispanics voted OVERWHEMINGLY for this Castro-loving far-left winger in the last Dem primary against a "moderate" hispanic challenger. Forget about anyone trying to dislodge Luis.
Rahm Emanuel (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Mark Fredrickson (D) - Salesman & Frequent Candidate
John "Johnny Hap" Haptonstall (D) - Radio Journalist
It's nice to see the DCCC's golden boy doesn't skate anyway scot free. Neither opponent is likely to mount a credible campaign, but it does force Rahm to campaign in his own district when he wants to go out and fundraise for other Dems.
Christine Cegelis (D) - Software Firm Account Manager, Technology Consultant & '04 Nominee
Tammy Duckworth (D) - Iraq War Disabled Veteran & Non-Profit Group Executive
Lindy Scott (D) - College Professor
The Dem establishment touted Cegelis as the next Melissa Bean, then dropped her like a hot potato when she couldn't raise any $$$ against Roskam. Duckworth doesn't even live in the district (hey, at least the Dems are consistant in who they pick to "represent" people) but she fits Emanual's "theme" of running disabled milltary vets who denounce the war in Iraq. A curse on both their houses. I say we promote Scott and make it even more confusing for the Dems in their quest to take DuPage county.
Danny K. Davis (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Jim Ascot (D) - Realtor
Robert Dallas (D) - Political Consultant, Ex-Republican & Frequent Candidate
Dallas ran as a real George Ryan type RINO in 2002, so it's fitting he's running as a Dem. If they have debates if this primary, it will consist of "I love socialism more!" "No, I do!"
Melissa Bean (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Surprsiingly, nobody challenged Bean the abortion queen in the primary when the Dems are fed up with her for flip-floppign and doing whatever to get votes (gee, didn't we TELL them that would happen?) Not to worry though, he LAST primary opponent from 2004 is now running as an "Independant" in the general and will be sucking liberal votes from her. Yeah, baby!
Jan Schakowsky (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Lefists love Jan. Their dream of "diversity" is a Jan Schakowsky is every one of the state's 19 districts.
Dan Seals (D) - Marketing Executive & Ex-Congressional Aide
Zane Smith (D) - Winnetka Park Board Member & Attorney
Never heard of either of these guys, we'll see if they can locate an issue to disagree with Mark Kirk on. The last two Dems tried running to the LEFT of RINO Kirk, which is really dumb. Run more like Lauren Beth Gash to confuse the poor votesrs of this "centrist" district.
Jerry Costello (D)* - (Campaign Site)
Ken Wiezer (D) - Contractor & '04/'98 Candidate
Don't know about Jerry's primary candiate, but if he managed to win we'd NEED someone to run here in the general!
Bill Reedy (D) - Businessman, Ex-Baptist Pastor & Ex-Teacher
Joseph Shannon (D)
Reedy will probably be the nominee. Will he try to get conservatives to cross for him? Candiates of the "religious left" are always interesting.
John Laesch (D) - Navy Veteran
Ruben Zamora (D) - Teacher, Liberal Activist & '04 Nominee
Zamora ran last time and got slaughted. Laesch might do better but we're talking Hastert's district here. No Dem will turn Hastert into Jim Foley, no matter what stupid thing Denny does.
Lane Evans (D)* - (Campaign Site)
David Gill (D) - Physician, Democratic Activist & '04 Nominee
This race will be a repeat of 2004, with the same results. See Adlai Stevenson '56.
Richard Auman (D) - Ex-Galena Mayor
Sounds like a good candiate on the Dem side. We should be careful, but thankfully this is a extremely conservative district.
Lane Evans (D)* - (Campaign Site)
A few years down the line, Lane should get a primary challange once the Dems wake up and realize this guy "delivers" nothing but rhetoric to their district.
Steve Waterworth (D) - Landscaper & National Guard Veteran & '04 Nominee
LaHood's "token" opposition is back for another beating. Note the central Illinois Dems never help this guy out. They're quite content with Obama-loving Ray LaHood.
Vic Roberts (D) - Retired Coal Miner, LaRouche Activist & '02 Candidate
Dan Stover (D) - Centralia City Councilman & College Professor
Roberts ran last time and was mincemeat in the general. Stover would be a more mainstream, media-friendly candidate. Therefore I say, Go Roberts Go!
Posted by WML