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Five file for state house seat

All five announced candidates in the Democratic primary for the state house seat now held by Julie Hamos have filed their nominating petitions in Springfield.

The state elections website says the candidates all filed when the office first opened to accept petitions at 8 a.m. Monday morning.

The candidates, in alphabetical order, are:

  • Robyn Gabel, 56, of 905 Forest Ave., the executive director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition.
  • Patrick Keenan-Devlin, 25, of 711 Washington St., the former legislative director at Citizen Action/Illinois and one-time student government president at Northwestern University.
  • Eamon Kelly, 29, 1507 Maple Ave., an attorney and life-long Evanston resident.
  • Edmund Moran, 62, 2522 Isabella St., an attorney and former Evanston 6th Ward alderman.
  • Jeff Smith, 52, 2724 Harrrison St., an attorney and president of the Central Street Neighbors Association.

Hamos, who has represented the district since 1996, is making a run for the 10th District congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk.

The 18th District includes most of Evanston as well as Kenilworth, Wilmette, Winnetka and parts of Glencoe and Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

No Republican candidate has filed so far in the heavily Democratic district.

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