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GOP gubernatorial primary ballot crowds up with five, possibly six teams



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SPRINGFIELD – As of Wednesday, March 9, five Republicans have submitted petitions to get on the June 28th GOP gubernatorial primary ballot – with at least one more expected by the end of business at the Illinois Board of Elections on March 14th.

Former state Senator Paul Schimpf and his running mate Carol Schofield, state Senator Darren Bailey and his LG teammate Stephanie Trussell, businessman Gary Rabine and his teammate Aaron Del Mar, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin with LG pick state Rep. Avery Bourne were joined by unknown candidate Wheaton's Emily Johnson and her running mate from Orland Park Brett Mahlen are now listed on the State Board of Elections' website.

Not yet submitting petitions, but expected to do so, is entrepreneur Jesse Sullivan and his LG pick Kathleen Murphy. 


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  1. Nor has the Solomon/Fields ticket turned in papers. Maybe there will be 7!
    The US Senate field could be just as crowded or more crowded. Three people have already filed (Casey Chlebek, Peggy Hubbard, and Maryanne Mahlen who appears to be the wife of the unknown Lt Governor candidate Brett Mahlen) and several declared candidates have not turned papers in yet, including: Jimmy Tillman, Bobby Piton, Timothy Arview, Kathy Salvi, Matt Dubiel, and Lannette Hudson. I am bearish on Arview, Dubiel, and Hudson filing though. Piton claims to have almost 7000 sigs; Salvi has the establishment working for her; Tillman is a maybe.
    The congressional primary in the 11th district may have 8 candidates too and the one in the 14th could have 6 (the sixth district already has that many).
    Republicans have too many people running. It is starting to look like a clown car. Three or four is about the most you should have. After that, it becomes difficult for voters to pay attention in debates and do adequate research on each candidate. This is an election, not a Baskin-Robbins.

  2. It doesn’t matter how many petition signatures a candidate has…it’s how many VOTES he or she gets.
    Petition signatures can be contested. I know, because I have done it.
    A lot of invalid signers are eliminated when it’s discovered they don’t live in a candidate’s district, have no voting record, are not the proper signature
    as on the voter’s registration, etc, etc.
    One of the common tricks is to stand in front of a supermarket or train station and ask everyone to sign.
    Examination of the addresses of the signers will eliminate many of them.

  3. LOL! You OBVIOUSLY have not done your Homework! There are 2 DEMOCRATS running as Republicans, so if Richard the Democrat and Jesse Sullivan who’s wife worked for the OBAMA CAMPAIGN, if the Democrats dropped out, we would have less Candidates. These 2 DEMOCRAT candidates want more illegal aliens in Illinois. So as an Illinois taxpayer your property Taxes are gonna go through the roof. Has ANYBODY noticed none of your candidates want to talk about the big expenses Illinois will incur being a SANCTUARY for illegal aliens.

  4. They should examine Irvin’s partitions carefully, he has a documented history of playing fast and loose with the rules, i.e. notarizing his own petitions etc. Irvin is not very bright and might not have learned from his mistakes.

  5. Re the GOP primary.
    I’m a center-lefter Mexican-American who voted for Bernie and Tulsi in the 2016 and 2020 primaries, respectively. I also voted for DJT in both GEs. And would do so again. He was the the first GOP presidential candidate I have ever voted for.
    And I will not support a GOP candidate who disavows him.
    That is all

  6. One final thing. It would behoove all the GOP governor candidates to pledge to order all IL pensions to divest from China.
    No country represents a greater threat to the US in particular, and the West in general, than does China.
    And there is no excuse for any IL pension fund to have investments in the country which has placed over two million of its citizens in concentration camps

  7. That’s not obvious at all since my comment wasn’t about judging any individual candidates but merely listing people who are running. Who are the Democrats supporting in the crowded US Senate primary? Which of the 8 candidates who want to run in the 11th congressional district are being supported by Democrats?

  8. 18 Republicans voted in the dead of night to pass a $1.5 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill that sends ~ $14,000,000,000 to Ukraine,
    Despite the fact that our Southern Border is wide open, the Wall is not funded, and America’s infrastructure is crumbling under the weight of a foreign invasion.
    These are the names of the SUPER CORRUPT 18 Senate RINO “Republicans” who voted ‘YES’ to that bill:
    John Barrasso (R-WY)
    Roy Blunt (R-MO)
    Shelly Moore-Capito (R-WV)
    Susan Collins (R-ME)
    John Cornyn (R-TX)
    Joni Ernst (R-IA)
    Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
    Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
    Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS)
    Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
    Jerry Moran (R-KS)
    Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)
    Rob Portman (R-OH)
    Richard Shelby (R-AL)
    John Thune (R-SD)
    Tommy Tuberville (R-AL)
    Wicker (R-MS)
    Young (R-IN)