Walsh turns away challenge; 2 county board incumbents ousted
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org March 20, 2012 7:58PM
Updated: April 22, 2012 8:07AM
JOLIET — Will County Executive Larry Walsh easily defeated challenger Leonard Thompson Jr. in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.
Walsh, who received 68 percent of the vote, will face Republican Cory Singer of Frankfort in November. Singer did not have a primary challenge.
Two incumbent county board members lost their races. Kathleen Konicki, R-Homer Glen, and Sharon May, D-Channahon, did not secure ballot spots for the November general election in their respective primaries.
In contrast, County Board Chairman Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort, was the top vote getter in his race along with fellow incumbent David Izzo of Tinley Park, who was appointed to the board to replace Laurie Smith when she retired.
Overall, 60 candidates sought ballot spots in 13 two-member districts, which were redrawn after the 2010 Census results were released.
In each race, only two Democrats and two Republicans could win spots for the general election challenge in November.
DISTRICT 1: Incumbent Democrat Robert Howard of Beecher and David Fazzini of Peotone edged out Willie Box Jr. of University Park. Republicans Kent Heisner of Peotone and Judy Ogalla of Monee beat Dave Stockton and Heather Van Cleave Farquhar, both of Monee.
DISTRICT 2: Republican incumbents Moustis and Izzo of Tinley Park defeated Angela Dell and J.C. “Tuck” Marshall of Frankfort. Democrat Victor Jonathan of Tinley Park was unopposed.
DISTRICT 4: Incumbent Democrat Jacqueline Traynere and Kenneth Harris beat Shirley Valevicius, also of Bolingbrook. They will face Republicans Kenneth Cygan and Felix George of Bolingbrook.
DISTRICT 6: Incumbent Democrat May of Minooka lost her bid for a ballot spot to Mike O’Connell and Tim Vanderhyden of Elwood. Republican incumbent Don Gould of Shorewood will be joined by Ragan Freitag of Wilmington this fall on Republican ballot.
DISTRICT 7: No Democrats filed but six GOP candidates competed. Stephen Balich of Orland Park and Mike Fricilone won. Incumbent Konicki and Cindy Polke, both of Homer Glen, and James Louch and David Payla, both of Lockport, all lost.
DISTRICT 8: Incumbent Democrats Denise Winfrey and Herbert Brooks, both of Joliet, defeated challenger Vernel Miller of Joliet.
DISTRICT 10: Incumbents Joseph Babich and Stephen Wilhelmi of Joliet will move on to the general election for the Democrats. Republican John Iacobucci of Plainfield lost the race to Christine Boban-Merriman and Sharon Cemeno Hicks of Joliet.
DISTRICT 11: No Democrats filed for the primary. Republican incumbents Suzanne Hart and Charles “Chuck” Maher defeated fellow Naperville residents Debra Holscher and Joe Hudetz.
DISTRICT 12: No Democrats ran in the primary. Republican incumbent Tom Weigel of New Lenox and Margo McDermed of Mokena defeated Chris Kosel and Raymond Tuminello of New Lenox.
DISTRICT 13: Republicans Timothy Kraulidis of Joliet and Liz Collins of Plainfield defeated Randy Kainrath of Plainfield, John McDonough of Romeoville and Ilona Vaughn of Joliet. Democrat Mark Ferry of Plainfield was unopposed.
DISTRICT 3: Elizabeth “Beth” Rice of Bolingbrook is the lone Democrat. Stephen Engel and Victor Zack of Romeoville are on the ballot for the Republicans.
DISTRICT 5: Incumbents John Argoudelis and LeeAnn Goodson of Plainfield were unopposed. Mike Costello of Plainfield was the lone Democrat in the race.
DISTRICT 9: Democrat incumbents Walter Adamic of Joliet and Diane Seiler-Zigrossi and Republican Catherine Perretta of Lockport will all run in November.