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March 19 ballot has Dems, GOP candidate choices

Voters in Homewood and Flossmoor will go to the polls on March 19 to select their party’s presidential nominee, but there are lots of other elected positions for voters to choose from.

President Joe Biden is seeking re-election as the Democratic Party’s nominee. He’s being challenged by Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips, Frank “Frankie” Lozada of Valley Stream, New York, and Marianne Williamson, who has suspended her campaign.

To win the nomination, state delegations pledge their support to the candidate at the nominating convention. The Democrats will meet in Chicago Aug. 19 through 22.

Democratic voters will be asked to select six delegates from the 2nd Congressional District. Candidates are Sheila Chalmers-Currin of Matteson, Vernard Alsberry Jr. of Hazel Crest, Rep. Debbie Meyers-Martin of Olympia Fields, Sen. Napoleon Harris of Harvey; Ertharin Cousin of Chicago, and Alex Gallegos of Crete. All have pledged to support President Biden.


Candidates for the Republican nomination for president are former president Donald J. Trump; former U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley; Ryan Binkley, a pastor and CEO/co-founder of Generational Group from Richardson, Texas; Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis; and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Although DeSantis and Christie have suspended their campaigns, their names will appear on the Cook County ballot.

GOP voters will be asked to select delegates from the 2nd Congressional District who will pledge to support candidates at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee July 15 through 18.
Voters will choose three from this list for convention delegates: Kurt Diekelman of Thornton, Wayland Johnson of Chicago and Sara Vaubel of Kankakee who are pledged to Haley; Suzanne Rickman of Homewood, Laurie Schaefer of Crete and Kelly E. Vera of Bradley who are pledged to Trump; David E. Smith of Crete, Faith Cagle of Rantoul, and Justin Krolik of Bradley who are pledged to DeSantis.

From this list, voters will be asked to select three alternate delegates: Rende Langiois and Connor Gilonske of Hoopeston who are pledged to Haley; Tammy Burnham of Crete, David H. Penny of Buckley, and Kenneth L. Woodard Jr. of Chicago who are pledged to Trump; Kendall Smith of Peotone, Aaron Wineberg of Chicago, and Alex Boyd of Kankakee who are pledged to DeSantis.

Congressional race

  • 2nd District: Incumbent Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson, Democrat; Ashley Ramos of Clifton, Republican.

For state offices

  • Illinois Supreme Court: Incumbent Joy Cunningham and challenger Jesse Reyes, Democrats.
  • 29th District: Incumbent Rep. Thaddeus Jones and challenger Gloria K. White, Democrats.
  • 30th District: Incumbent Rep. Will Davis, Democrat; Patricia Bonk, Republican.
  • 38th District: Incumbent Debbie Meyers-Martin, Democrat; no GOP candidate.
  • 80th District: Incumbent Anthony DeLuca, Democrat; Adam Beaty, Republican.
  • 40th Senate; Incumbent Patrick Joyce challenged by Kimberly Earling of Braidwood, Democrats.

Cook County races

  • Cook County State’s Attorney: Clayton Harris III and Eileen O’Neill Burke, Democrats; Robert W. Fioretti, GOP.
  • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Incumbent Iris Y. Martinez, challenged by Mariyana T. Spyropoulos, Democrats; Lupe Aguirre, GOP.


  • Cook County Circuit Court has appointed associate judges, elected circuit judges and elected subcircuit judges. Homewood and Flossmoor are in 15th and 17th subcircuits.
  • 15th subcircuit, Toomin vacancy: John Abbrey Fairman.
  • 15th subcircuit, Demacopoulos vacancy, (vote for 1): Paul O’Grady, Luciano “Lou” Panici Jr. or Allen Price Walker.
  • 17th subcircuit: Lloyd James Brooks.
  • 17th subcircuit: Rivanda Doss Beal.
  • Illinois Appellate Court, 1st District (all Democrats): Mary Lane Mikva (vacancy of Connors); Cynthia Y. Cobbs or Carolyn J. Gallagher (vacancy of Cunningham), Celia Louise Gamrath or Leonard Murray (Vacancy of Delort), Carl Anthony Walker (vacancy of O’Neill Burke).

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