When State Rep. Mark Beaubien died, he was replaced by his budget aide, Kent Gaffney.
McHenry County GOP Chairman Mike Tryon voted for him, as did Barrington Township Committeeman Gene Dawson.
Lake County Republican Chairman Bob Cook supported another candidate.
Gaffney had served as a legislative staffer since the 1990′s and married a Jim Edgar legislative liaison for the Illinois Department of Insurance. The two live in Lake Barrington.
But, as with anyone who is appointed to a legislative seat which others sought, primary election competitors are always a possibility.
First to raise her head was Wauconda’s Danielle Rowe.
Now, reliable sources say that former Congressional candidate David McSweeney of Barrington is very probably going to enter the fray.
He is a known quantity and experienced campaigner.
McSweeney raised many times the amount necessary to run a well-financed state rep. campaign when he challenged Melissa Bean in her first re-election campaign.
And, he is capable of writing a significant check himself.
McSweeney is also not adverse to knocking on doors. In a district of something over 100,000 people, that can make a difference.
In the 2006 primary election, McSweeney did exceptionally well, pulling 43% of the votes in a six-person race. The second place candidate, Kathy Salvi, got 33% of the ballots.
In the general election, Bean beat McSweeney by about 7 percentage points.
The race will be an interesting one to watch.