There is no shortage of suburban Democrats hoping to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam and Randy Hultgren in 2018.
A crowded field of Democrats in the two congressional districts could duke it out this spring for a spot on the 2018 ballot to challenge the incumbents as Monday marked the deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions for the March 20 primary election.
Seven Democrats and incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam filed nominating petitions for the 6th Congressional district, which covers portions of Naperville, Elgin and other areas in DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Cook counties. Similarly in the 14th Congressional district, incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren and seven Democrats filed nominating petitions. The 14th District serves parts of Naperville, Aurora, Kane and Kendall counties.
Democrats who filed in the 6th District include Barrington resident Kelly Mazeski, who serves as Plan Commissioner for Barrington Hills. Mazeski lost in 2016 for the Illinois Senate’s 26th District seat.
Also filing for the 6th District seat are Lake Zurich resident Amanda Howland, a College of Lake County Board trustee who unsuccessfully ran against Roskam in 2016, and Naperville City Councilwoman Becky Anderson Wilkins, who co-owns Anderson’s Bookshops. Clarendon Hills regulatory attorney Jennifer Zordani, Sean Casten, a Downers Grove scientist, and Palatine resident Ryan Huffman, a senior outcomes analyst with Chicago’s Evive Health, also submitted nominating petitions.
Carole Cheney, a Naperville resident and former top aide to Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, filed her nominating petitions Monday. Cheney in 2012 made an unsuccessful run for state representative in Illinois’ 84th District, losing to state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego, and in 2010 made a bid for DuPage County Board chairman but lost to current Republican Chairman Dan Cronin.
In the 14th Congressional District, Hultgren, of Plano, filed for re-election for the seat he’s held since 2011. Democrats who filed include Lakewood resident and retired chemical engineer George Weber and Montgomery Village president and civil engineer Matthew Brolley.
Also filing in the 14th District were Democrats Lauren Underwood, a registered nurse from Naperville who worked as a senior adviser for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Barack Obama; and Batavia resident and high school social studies teacher Victor Swanson.
Spring Grove entrepreneur John Hosta, and Gurnee resident Jim Walz, an outside sales representative and Warren Township High School District 121 board member also filed nominating petitions. Walz won the 14th District Democratic Primary in 2016, but fell to Hultgren in the general election. Daniel Roldan-Johnson, a Volo teacher, also filed his nominating petitions as a Democrat Monday.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi filed for re-election in the 8th District which covers parts of Elgin and other portions of Kane, DuPage and Cook counties. Krishnamoorthi, a Schaumburg resident, was first elected in 2016. Republican Jitendra “JD” Diganvker, a Schaumburg entrepreneur and Uber driver, and Vandana Jhingan, a Schaumburg Republican, filed nominating petitions in hopes of a chance to unseat Krishnamoorthi. Jhingan is a community activist, businesswoman and media host, according to her campaign website.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, of Naperville, filed for re-election in the 11th District, which serves Naperville, Aurora and other parts of DuPage, Will, Kendall, Kane and Cook counties. Republicans Nick Stella, a cardiologist from Darien, and Constant G. “Connor” Vlakancic, a Naperville Republican filed nominating petitions for a chance at Foster’s seat.