Voters will get their first look Monday at which candidates are planning to run in 2018 for several key races in McLean County, as the window to file nominating petitions opens.
Candidates from established parties can begin filing their petitions Monday morning, with a final deadline of Dec. 4. Many candidates have been collecting signatures since September. Those who file by Dec. 4 would be eligible to appear on the March 20, 2018, primary ballot, with the general election Nov. 6, 2018.
A lottery would be held Dec. 5 to determine the order of names on McLean County’s primary ballot if multiple candidates file petitions simultaneously Monday morning or at the end of business Dec. 4, Clerk Kathy Michael said in a statement.
Several local, county, and state positions on the 2018 ballot include:
- State representative (88th, 101st, and 105th Districts)
- State senator (44th, 51st, and 53rd Districts, among others)
- McLean County clerk, sheriff, and treasurer
- McLean County Board members, one from each district
- Party precinct committeemen
Those in McLean County will also vote in two congressional races (13th and 18th District) and several statewide races, including governor, attorney general, and secretary of state.
Independent candidates or those from new (or non-established parties) don’t file their petitions until after the March primary.
Three-Way Race For County Board?
There is a three-way race for McLean County Board taking shape in District 9 on Bloomington’s south side.
Libertarian Richard Bennett said in a statement Saturday he plans to run, focusing his candidacy on government accountability and fiscal responsibility. The Bloomington High School grad works in retail for Sprint.
Republican Jeremy Bradley, a Country Financial representative, and Democrat David Parker, an aircraft mechanic, have already announced plans to run in District 9. That seat is currently held by Democrat Erik Rankin, who does not plan to seek re-election in 2018.
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