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Will County Dems tap two for county board contests in the fall

Updated: July 6, 2014 10:07AM



Will County Democrats have appointed two candidates to run for the Will County board in the November election.

In District 2, Donald Keane, of Frankfort, will challenge Republicans Jim Moustis, of Frankfort, the board’s Republican caucus chair, and Cory Singer, a former board member who lost his bid for county executive in 2012. Current board member David Izzo, R-Tinley Park, is not seeking re-election.

June 2 was the last day for political parties to fill vacancies on the ballot where there were no candidates in the primary. Appointed candidates were required to collect signatures and submit nominating petitions, said county Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots.

“We did not want to see the seat to go unchallenged,” said Tim Gaffney, Frankfort Township Democratic chairman, who nominated Keane, a Democratic committeeman in Frankfort Township. “We know it will be an uphill battle, but we look forward to the challenge with Mr. Singer and Mr. Moustis.”

Keane said he has been behind the political scenes for years and now is the “time to jump in and see if I can do a better job.”

An Army veteran and union pipefitter, Keane owns the Stray Bar in Frankfort and had a 42-year career in mechanical contracting, working his way up from welder to president of Delta Piping in South Holland, and vice president of Midstate Mechanical in Romeoville, he said.

“I understand business concerns,” Keane said.

He said he offers a “fresh approach and aggressive ideas,” and wants to bring jobs to Will County by promoting the area and attracting major corporations to Will County. Keane said he has traveled throughout the country and the world on multimillion dollar jobs.

Will County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Pyles said he wanted to fill more vacancies in county races, but needed more people who were willing to work and get signatures.

Appointing Plainfield resident Sheila Raddatz, a teacher, to fill one vacancy in District 5, will increase incumbent Democrat Reed Bible’s and Raddatz’s chances of getting elected, he said. They will run against a single Republican candidate, Darren Bennefield, who recently was appointed to that seat after board member Lee Ann Goodson, resigned.

Two candidates are elected from each of the county’s 13 districts and each party can put up two candidates.



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