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Candidates file to run in March primary

For a full list of candidates and referenda, go to www.thewillcountyclerk.com. On the home page, go to March 18 General Primary Election Highlights and click on General Primary Election Information.

Updated: December 2, 2013 9:15PM



JOLIET — One of the hottest races in the March 18 primary election will be for Will County sheriff, where two Republicans and three Democrats will compete for their party’s nomination.

The victors of each primary meet in the Nov. 4 general election. Sheriff Paul Kaupas is retiring and not seeking a fourth term in office.

The Republican candidates are retired sheriff’s officer Nick Ficarello, of Manhattan, and Deputy Chief Ken Kaupas, of Shorewood, who is the sheriff’s second cousin.

The three Democrats who filed for the election are retired sheriff’s officer Ed Bradley, who’s now police chief in University Park; sheriff’s Lt. Steve Egan, of Joliet; and sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Kelley, of Lockport.

Monday was the last day for candidates who are running in the primary to file nominating petitions. In addition to the sheriff’s race, the ballot also will include elections for county clerk, treasurer and regional superintendent of schools as well as Will County Board Districts 2, 5, 9 and 11.

County Treasurer Steve Weber, of Manhattan, filed Monday to seek re-election in the GOP primary, while Laurie Summers, of Crete, was the lone candidate to file for treasurer in the Democratic election.

County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, a Republican who has not been contested in the last two elections, also filed for another term in office. Greg Sage, of Lockport, filed to run for clerk in the Democratic primary.

Precinct committeemen candidates had to file by Monday, too, though they will be elected in the primary for two-year terms and will not have to run in November.

A lottery for candidates who are vying to be first or last on the ballot will be held at 9 a.m. Dec. 10. The deadline to challenge the validity of nominating petitions is Dec. 9. Successful challenges can knock candidates off the ballot.

Referenda also were filed by Monday’s deadline. The New Lenox Park District is asking to increase its property tax rate. The Plainfield Park District has filed three questions that address regulating its dog park by permit, imposing term limits on park board members and whether the district should investigate the purchase or construction of a recreation center.

The Homer Township Fire Protection District will ask voters if it can issue $4.7 million in bonds.



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