Remember this is only the first day to submit petitions.
By Kevin Haas
Posted Nov. 23, 2015 at 6:14 pm Updated at 8:47 PM
ROCKFORD — Local ballots for the upcoming March primary began to fill up today, the first day for candidates to file their petitions.
Prospective candidates have until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to file paperwork for the March 15 primary contest. Key races in Winnebago County include state's attorney, County Board chairman, coroner and several County Board seats. There are also several state House and Senate contests.
Winnebago County Clerk Margie Mullins will hold a lottery at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, to determine which candidates get the coveted first position on the ballot. First position on the ballot is typically first-come, first-served, except when candidates running against each other arrive at the county clerk's office at the same time. First position on the ballot is preferred because of the so-called primacy effect, the tendency for voters to choose the first name on a list.
Here's a look at who has filed so far:
U.S. Senator: Andrea Zopp, D; Tammy Duckworth, D; Mark Kirk, R; James T. Marter, R
67th District: Litesa Wallace, D; Wladimiro Aguirre, D
68th District: John Cabello, R; Tricia Sweeney, D
69th District: Joe Sosnowski, R
89th District: Brian Stewart, R
34th District: Steve Stadelman, D
35th District: Dave Syverson, R
Boone CountyCoroner: Rebecca Wigget, RCircuit Clerk: Linda Anderson, R; Todd Shattuck, RState’s Attorney: Michelle Courier, R; Tricia Smith, RCounty Board
Six total seats open (two for each of the county's 3 districts).District 1: W. Fred Genrich, R
District 2: Cathy Ward, R; Bernard O’Malley, R
District 3: Carl Larson, R— Ben Stanley contributed to this report