Monday was the first day for candidates to file petitions for next March’s primary elections and while is at least one local race promises to be competitive in the Roscoe View area, there were few surprises on the first day.
Incumbent 32nd Ward Democratic Committeeman John Fritchey, who is also a Cook County Commissioner, was at the front of the line to file yesterday morning. “I was there at 5:30 a.m. I love this stuff,” said Fritchey.
Candidates get in line early so they can file at the office opening so they are eligible for a drawing to win the top ballot spot. To be placed on the ballot, candidates must file their petitions by 5:00 p.m., December 5.
32nd Ward Alderman, Scott Waguespack filed to run for 32nd Ward Democratic Committeeman too, adding some drama to the Committeeman race. “It was funny. I was in line next to John Curry, the Republican Committeeman candidate,” said Waguespack.
Once allies, Waguespack and Fritchey have steadily grown apart since Waguespack was first elected in 2007.
44th Ward Alderman and incumbent 44th Ward Democratic Committeeman Tom Tunney also filed to run for reelection yesterday morning. No challengers filed to oppose him on the first day.
Incumbents for all of Roscoe View’s state legislative positions filed at 8:00 a.m. in Springfield to be eligible for the top ballot spot. No other Democrats filed on the first day to compete against Illinois State Senator and Senate President John Cullerton (D-6), State Rep. Ann Williams (D-11) or State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-12). No Republicans or Greens filed to run for those seats on the first day either.
Many opposition candidates wait until the final day to file their nomination petitions to gain the element of surprise against incumbents and to limit the amount of time the incumbents have to scrutinize their ballot nomination petitions. In Illinois, candidates can be knocked off the ballot for many arcane and complicated reasons such as a lack of legible nomination signatures or incorrectly numbered pages in the petition.