Our View: March primary gets candidates

The March primary is starting to take shape now that candidates are filing their petitions and signatures to run for office.

The filing period started Monday. Potential candidates have three more days to file – Tuesday, Wednesday and Monday.

In March, voters in Illinois will elect candidates to the U.S. Senate seat now held by Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, as well as all seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Durbin filed Monday. On the Republican side, Doug Truax and Jim Oberweis have filed to run for Senate.

Incumbent Congressmen Peter Roskam (R-6) and Randy Hultgren (R-14) filed to run for their House seats. Two Democrats filed to run against Hultgren – John Hosta and Dennis Anderson.

All statewide constitutional offices – governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, treasurer, comptroller and secretary of state – are up for election, as are all 118 seats in the Illinois House and half of the 59 seats in the Illinois Senate.

All four expected Republican candidates for governor filed Monday – Dan Rutherford, Kirk Dillard, Bill Brady and Bruce Rauner. Gov. Pat Quinn also filed and is seeking re-election.

The only Senate seat in McHenry County up for election next year is the 33rd District, held by Republican freshman Karen McConnaughay, who filed Monday.

In the Illinois House, incumbents Jack Franks (D-63), Mike Tryon (R-66) and David McSweeney (R-52) filed Monday. Steven Andersson and Debbie Miller filed as Republicans for the 65th Illinois House seat, which Timothy Schmitz is vacating.

At the county level, voters will elect the treasurer, county clerk, sheriff and regional school superintendent, choose who sits in 12 of the 24 seats on the County Board, and elect their party’s committeemen to the county’s 212 voting precincts.

As expected, Bill Prim and Andy Zinke filed as Republicans for sheriff, Mary McClellan and Nick Provenzano filed as Republicans as clerk and Glenda Miller and Jeffrey Thorsen filed as Republicans for treasurer.

As the filing period goes on, we hope more candidates emerge with the needed signatures for office.

Voters deserve to have choices when it comes to the ballot box.