A crowded field of challengers looking to take on U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger in next year's general election has shrunk a bit.
Fellow Republican Jason Haskell, a 34-year-old Peru construction manager, announced on Facebook on Sunday that he will not be running for the 16th District seat held by Kinzinger, of Channahon.
The decision came a day after Haskell and another candidate, Neill Mohammad, a Democrat from DeKalb, spoke to a Princeton group and discussed their platforms.
In his video post Sunday, a day before nominating petitions were due, Haskell said he had enough signatures but chose not to file, citing family obligations – specifically, a baby due in May and his two other children.
“Thank you all for everything," he said. "It was an extremely hard decision to make, but it is the right one. I hate letting so many of you down, but it just isn’t the right time for me or my family.”
Other candidates seeking their party's nomination in the March 20 primary are Democrats Mohammad, Amy "Murri" Briel of Joliet, Christopher Minelli of Ottawa and Sara Dady and Nathan Arroyave, both of Rockford, and Republicans Zane Marshall of Rockford and James Marter of Oswego.
The 16th District covers all of Lee, Ogle, Bureau, Boone, Grundy, Iroquois, LaSalle, Livingston, and Putnam counties, and parts of DeKalb, Ford, Stark, Will and Winnebago counties.
Ogle County races
Meanwhile, in Ogle County, two Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination for county treasurer: Chief Deputy Treasurer Linda L. Beck and Patrick Weisner.
Running unopposed for re-election to their current posts are County Clerk Laura J. Cook of Oregon and Sheriff Brian E. VanVickle of Rochelle.
Two Democrats are among 20 candidate seeking nominations in the primary for seats on the Ogle County Board.
Two seats are open in each of the county’s eight districts, and all are 4-year terms.
In District 1, which includes Dement, Lynnville, Monroe, and Scott Townships, two Republicans, incumbent Rick Fritz, of Monroe Center, and newcomer Benjamin Phil Youman, of Davis Junction, are running.
In District 2, which includes White Rock, Pine Rock, Lafayette, and Oregon-Nashua townships, Republican incumbents Wayne Reising and Pat Nordman, and Democrat Jerry Shirar, all of Oregon, have thrown their hats into the ring.
In District 3, which includes Flagg Township precincts 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7, Republican incumbent Greg Sparrow and two newcomers, Democrat Lloyd Droege and Republican Jamey Sulser, are the candidates. All three are from Rochelle.
In District 4, which includes Flagg Township precincts 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11, incumbents John "Skip" Kenney and Bruce W. McKinney, are challenged by newcomer Anthony Rowley. All three are Rochelle Republicans.
In District 5, which includes Marion, Rockvale, and Leaf River townships, Republican incumbents Martin Typer and Richard Daniel Janes, both of Stillman Valley, are running unopposed.
In District 6, which includes Byron Township, incumbent Dorothy R. Bowers and newcomer Todd M. McLester, both Byron Republicans, are running.
In District 7, which includes Maryland, Mount Morris, and Forreston townships, Republican incumbent Ron Colson of Mount Morris is seeking the nomination along with newcomers Dean Fox of German Valley, and Stanley G. Asp of Mount Morris, both also Republicans.
In District 8, which includes Brookville, Lincoln, Eagle Point, Buffalo, Pine Creek, Woosung, Grand Detour, and Taylor townships, incumbent Lyle Hopkins of Polo and Susie Corbitt, also of Polo, are the candidates. Both are Republicans.
Each district is represented by three county board members.
Go to shawurl.com/36zj to see a roundup of who filed for primaries in the Sauk Valley.