Dems sweep state legislative races in Southland
BY STEVE METSCH firstname.lastname@example.org November 6, 2012 7:16PM
(i) denotes incumbent
35th House District
Ricardo Fernandez 15,218, 32%
Frances Hurley 32,356, 68%
108 of 110 precincts reporting
36th House District
(i) Kelly Burke 28,279, 68%
Bob Shelstrom 13,437, 32%
93 of 95 precincts reporting
18th Senate District
Barbara Bellar 32,552, 36%
Bill Cunningham 56,745, 64%
189 of 192 precincts reporting
19th Senate District
Michael Hastings 57,090, 64%
Edgar Montalvo 32,128, 36%
140 of 140 precincts reporting
40th Senate District
Tuck Marshall 32,695, 40%
(i) Toi Hutchinson 48,995, 60%
154 of 154 precincts reporting
Updated: April 8, 2013 10:48PM
The newly drawn 18th State Senate District saw a familiar face roll to victory Tuesday.
With 98 percent of precincts reporting, State Rep. Bill Cunningham (D-Chicago) had a commanding 64 percent of the vote. Dr. Barbara Bellar (R-Burr Ridge) had 36 percent.
Democrats were in line to sweep all of the contested state legislative races in the Southland.
In the 35th House District, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, Frances Hurley, a secretary in Chicago’s 19th Ward Democratic organization, had 68 percent of the vote compared with newcomer Ricardo Fernandez’s 32 percent.
In the 36th House District, with 98 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Kelly Burke (D-Evergreen Park) had 68 percent of the vote to 32 percent for Bob Shelstrom (R-Palos Park).
In the 19th Senate District, with all precincts in, Michael Hastings (D-Orland Hills), the son of Orland Hills Mayor Kyle Hastings, won with 64 percent of the vote to 36 percent for the challenger, Edgar Montalvo (R-Tinley Park).
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, incumbent Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) had 60 percent to 40 percent for challenger Tuck Marshall (R-Frankfort) in the 40th Senate District.
Cunningham spent the past two years representing the 35th House District, which covers much of the same turf as the 18th Senate.
“I’m very excited and humbled. It’s an honor to have the voters’ support. I feel the voters got to know me over the last two years. I ran on my record. We did well in every township,” Cunningham said.
The race was a rematch of sorts from two years ago when Bellar challenged and lost to Cunningham for the 35th House District seat.
The 18th Senate District seat is being vacated by the retiring Sen. Ed Maloney, whom Cunningham credits for teaching him the legislative ropes.