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12 people file petitions on first day for election

MORRIS – Monday marked the first day to file petitions for the March 18 primary election and 12 people made their way into the Grundy County Clerk’s Office to file by the end of the day.

Grundy County clerk, sheriff and treasurer offices are up for election, as are Grundy County Board seats in Districts 1, 2 and 3, and precinct committeemen positions.

Petitions to run for these offices became available in September and can be filed through Dec. 2. Independent and new political party candidates can pick up petition packets beginning March 25.

The only local race to have two people file at 8 a.m. Monday was the Republican race for Grundy County sheriff. Ken Briley and Ron Marx both filed at the start of the day as Republicans. Incumbent Sheriff Kevin Callahan, a Democrat, had not yet filed Monday.

As a result of Briley and Marx filing at the same time, a lotto will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 to determine who will be first on the ballot.

Marx ran against the late Sheriff Terry Marketti in 2010 and lost by fewer than 900 votes.

Both candidates said they know some people vote for the first name they see on the ballot, so they got to the clerk’s office early to try for the spot.

But Marx does not feel it is that important.

“I think we have been out there and doing a good job of getting our message out there ... but I think you need to be respectful and mindful of privacy and people’s feeling because it is kind of early,” Marx said.

Briley said he started campaigning at the beginning of the year.

“I’ve been out all over Grundy County, going door to door, going to different events and meeting as many people as I can meet,” he said.

As of Monday, Mary Michael Roth filed as a Republican for the Grundy County Clerk Office. In September when Roth pulled a petition packet, she had not specified whether it was for clerk, treasurer or sheriff.

Current Deputy Clerk Kay Olson also filed for County Clerk. Current County Clerk Lana Phillips is retiring after her term.

The Grundy County Treasurer’s Office also has one Democrat and one Republican filed so far: incumbent Marcy Miller as a Democrat and Lori Werden as a Republican.

In County Board District 1 incumbents John Almer and Millie Dyer have filed as Republicans in addition to Don Neushwander Jr., also as a Republican.

In District 2 incumbent Deb Warning filed and newcomer Kerri Courtright, both as Republicans.

In District 3 incumbent Dick Joyce filed as a Democrat.

On the state level, incumbent John Anthony has filed for state representative of the 75th District as a Republican, as has Martha Shugart as a Democrat.

Kate Cloonen of Kankakee is running again for the 79th House District, and will face challenger John Howard of Hopkins Park in the Democratic primary. Glenn Nixon of Bourbonnais filed to run as a Republican.

At the federal level, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, filed to run for the 16th Congressional District again. He will face a primary challenge from David J. Hale Jr. of Rockford who also filed petitions to run as a Republican.

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