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Local candidates join others across the state to file petitions

Candidates looking to land a state, county or congressional office have until Monday to get their names on the March 20 primary ballot.

The week started with 490 candidates filing their petitions for a variety of races ranging from governor to regional schools superintendent, and the following are those signed on to run in the Sauk Valley.

Incumbents Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, and Dan Swanson, R-Alpha, both filed aiming to retain their seats in the 90th and 74th districts for state representative, respectively, as well as incumbent Neil Anderson, R-Andalusia, for the 36th District state senate.

State Sen. Tim Bivins, R-Dixon, will not be seeking re-election for the 45th District, and state Rep. Brian Stewart, R-Freeport, is looking to fill his seat. Others who have announced their candidacy but had yet to file for the office are Republican Dixon Mayor Li Arellano Jr. and David Simpson, a Shabbona Democrat and lumber yard manager.

Incumbent Tony McCombie, R-Savanna, is pursuing the house seat in the 71st District, joined by Sterling Democrat Joan Padilla.

About half a dozen people announced their candidacy for U.S. Representative in the 16th Congressional District during the last several months, and those who filed Monday were incumbent Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, along with Neill Mohammad, D-DeKalb, and Sara Dady, D-Rockford.

The primary will also feature several county races including clerk and recorder, treasurer, sheriff, and County Board members where there’s 12 spots across four districts in Lee County and 13 seats in three districts in Whiteside County up for election.

County offices expected to be contested include Whiteside County Sheriff, Lee County Treasurer and regional superintendent of schools in Lee, Ogle and Whiteside counties.

Whiteside County Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi is not seeking re-election, and five others with intentions to run are Democrat John Booker, 50, of Rock Falls, a lieutenant with the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Department; and Republicans Kris Schmidt, 45, of Morrison, a Whiteside County sergeant; Mike Lewis, 46, of Rick Falls, a Whiteside County deputy; former Rock Falls police officer Tim Fisher, 46, of Rock Falls; and Clark Mortensen Jr., 47, of Erie, a police officer and firefighter for Quad City International Airport.

Lee County Treasurer John Fritts announced his retirement in September, and Deputy Treasurer Melissa Lawrence, of Dixon, and Dixon Finance Director Paula Meyer, of rural Amboy, both Republicans, plan to compete for the seat.

Incumbent Republican Bob Sondgeroth and Republican challenger Paul McMahon both filed petitions for regional superintendent.

Candidate petitions are due Monday, and challenges to petitions are due Dec. 11.

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