The deadline to get on the March 15th primary ballot, has passed, and surprisingly, Rockford City Council member Ann Thompson-Kelly has decided to not file paperwork to challenge Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) for his 34th District seat according to the State Board of Elections website.
Thompson-Kelly had announced earlier this year that she would challenge the freshman Senator for his seat, but has apparently changed her mind. Perhaps surprisingly, no Republican filed for Stadelman’s seat either, meaning the only possible challenge he can now face for re-election is from a write-in candidate.
Freshman Representative Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford), who was appointed to her seat, will face two primary challengers. Wladimiro Aguirre and Lisa Jackson have both filed as Democrats. No Republicans have filed for that office either.
While some Republican incumbent state Senators and Representatives will face Democratic opponents in November, none will have to face a party primary challenge.
In Winnebago County, there are several primary races to watch, including the Republican County Board Chairman race between incumbent Scott Christiansen and challenger Frank Haney. There is also a contested primary on both the Democratic and Republican sides to replace retiring Coroner Sue Fiduccia.