Primary races few and far between locally right now

By Gary Scott on November 25, 2015 at 12:42pm

So far, it’s looking like there won’t be a ton of primary races to watch out for in local elections in March.

In Morgan County, there will be a race for Circuit Clerk as Demaree Lindsey and Amy Sipes will run. Jenny Geirnaeirt will run to keep her seat as county treasurer, and State’s Attorney Bobby Bonjean is the only candidate to file for that position.

Morgan County Commissioner Bill Meier is running for re-election.

In Cass County, there are several candidates for board seats, all on the Democratic side. Connie Starkey, Jaye Winkelman and Gary Noe are running in the second district, while Joyce Brannan and Bob Schaefer are running in the first district. Ramona Douglass is running in the fourth district.

Also in Cass County, Chere Kay Garner is currently unopposed for her re-election bid as Circuit Clerk, while Matthew Mays is seeking another term as State’s Attorney.

Greene County filings weren’t immediately available this morning. In Scott County, State’s Attorney Michael Hill has filed to keep his seat, as has Circuit Clerk Stacy Evans.

At the state level, we reported earlier this week State Senator Sam McCann has opposition in the primary, but so far, McCann is the only one to file officially in the 50th District. In the 47th Senate District, Jil Tracy has filed papers on the Republican side.

For the State House, current 100th District Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer is currently unopposed in his re-election bid.

In the 93rd District, which includes Cass County, Norine Hammond has filed on the Republican side, while John Curtis has filed on the Democratic side.

At the federal level, Congressman Darin LaHood is the only person to file for his seat in the 18th District. There will be a race for the 13th District next fall. Republican Rodney Davis is currently unopposed in the primary. On the Democratic side, Mark Wicklund of Decatur has filed papers.

Local courthouses will be closed on Thanksgiving and on Friday, meaning if you don’t file today, you only get one more day to do so on Monday.