Conservative and Libertarian candidates will vie with Rauner and J.B. Pritzker
State Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, who is running as a Conservative Party candidate for governor, as well as Kash Jackson, a Libertarian seeking the office, will apparently be on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Last Monday was the final day for objections to nominating petitions to be filed to third-party and independent candidates, but none were filed against the McCann or Libertarian paperwork.
The Republican Party of Illinois was considered an entity that could file objections, if merited, as a way to support the re-election of Gov. Bruce Rauner. But a spokesman for the party, Aaron DeGroot, said that both the McCann and Libertarian petitions, after examination, had enough valid signatures to have the 25,000 needed.
McCann had said he filed about 65,000 signatures, and Libertarians said their slate – including Jackson of Antioch for governor and Sanbjeev Mohip of Skokie for lieutenant governor – filed more than 47,000 signatures.
Among those who helped McCann and his running mate, Aaron Merreighn of Riverton, gather signatures were volunteers from Local 150 of the Operating Engineers union.
Ed Maher, spokesman for that union, said last week that the membership is split among Democrats and Republicans, and Republican members who don’t want to vote for Rauner “still have to have an option.”
McCann, Maher said, “understands that well-paid workers and strong unions add value to the state of Illinois.”
The union membership leans slightly Democratic, he said, and in addition to McCann also is backing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for governor.
Maher said that while McCann may draw more votes from Rauner than Pritzker, he is “not intended as a spoiler.
“He’s been a senator,” Maher said. “He’s a legitimate candidate.”
Local 150, based in Countryside, donated $50,000 to McCann in April. A political action committee associated with the The International Union of Operating Engineers in Washington, D.C., gave McCann $100,000 in May.
Three people who filed as independents for governor all must overcome objections filed to their petitions. They are Mary A. Vann-Metcalf of Chicago, Gregg Moore of Broadview and William “Doc” Walls III of Chicago.
The State Board of Elections is expected to certify the ballot in August.