Four candidate have filed petitions seeking to become the Republican nominee to try to unseat long-time U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston.
Two candidates — Sargis Sangari and John Elleson — filed when the filing period opened last week, and two more — Vincent Thomas and Maxwell Rice — filed on Monday, the last day to submit petitions.
Thomas, 35. an Evanston resident, is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran with a doctorate in public policy and administration. He runs a public policy consulting firm and teaches at local colleges. He’s also a member of the city’s Board of Ethics and the Citizen Police Complaint Assessment Committee.
Rice, 26, of Glencoe, features a photo of Schakowsky’s arrest at an immigration rally in 2013 on the home page of his campaign website and says if elected he’d form a Congressional committee to investigate Illinois goverment corruption including “Conwoman Schalowsky.”
Sangari, 48, of Skokie, heads the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement. He was born in Iran and immigrated to the U.S. in 1980. He served as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.
Incumbent governor Bruce Rauner now has a challenger for renomination on the Republicant ticket, Jeanne Ives of Wheaton.
And the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination has grown more crowded with the three candidates who filed on the opening day — Daniel Biss of Evanston, J.B. Pritzker and Chris Kennedy — now joined by Terry Getz of Dupo, Bob Daeber of Marine, Tio Hardiman of Calumet City and Robert Marshall of Burr Ridge.
In the race to fill the 9th District seat Biss is vacating in the state Senate, State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) will face off in the general election against Republican Joan McCarthy Lasonde of Wilmette, who lost to Schakowsky two years ago.
Six Democrats are seeking to replace Fine as the 17th District representative in the state House. They are Candance Chow of Evanston, Theresa Coomer of Glenview, Pete Dagher of Skokie, Alexandra Eidenberg of Wilmette, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz of Glenview and Mary Rita Luecke of Skokie.
The winner of the Democratic primary will face Republican Peter Lee of Wilmette in November.
Incumbent Robyn Gabel of Evanston will face Julie Cho of Wilmette in November to represent the 18th District in the state House.