In 2020, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin’s seat will be up for election, and he will be seeking reelection to a 5th 6-year term. Thus far, 1 Democrat has filed to challenge him in the primary. On the Republican side, nine candidates have either filed, or announced their intention to seek the nomination for the opportunity run for Senate in the fall of 2020.
In addition, one independent has declared he will run on the November ballot against the Democratic and Republican nominees. Here is the listing of all U.S. Senate candidates:
Please note, Democratic State Representative Anne Stava-Murray has decided not to run for the Senate. But after Labor Day, Marilyn Jordan Lawlor from Lake County filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) her statement of candidacy.
The listing above only has an “8-count” for Republicans. However, the Dundee Township Republican Organization (DTRO) has the following Senate candidates listed on their Facebook post from yesterday:
Only six Senate candidates are listed, and one of the candidates in the Facebook post was not listed above.
That candidate is William J. Kelly, who has run for numerous public offices in the past. Mr. Kelly has not filed his FEC paperwork, but his website states he’s running.
Four of the nine Senate candidates appeared at the DTRO picnic on September 8, and the videos for the candidates are posted on the DTRO YouTube page.
Candidates Burak Agun, Casey Cheblek and Dean Seppelfrick were not included by DTRO’s Facebook post, possibly because these candidates do not have web sites.
The DTRO Facebook post includes links to candidates petitions, and contact information, for the six candidates linked on their page.
COMMENTARY: None of the nine Republicans running next year are top-tier candidates. Mark Curran is the only one who has served in elective countywide public office, serving three terms as the sheriff of neighboring Lake County.
Republicans will nominate one of the nine (or anyone else who may decide to run in the primary) to challenge, presumably Senator Durbin in the fall. Independent candidate Willie Wilson, who finished 4th in February’s Chicago nonpartisan mayoral primary, will be on the November ballot, too.
Whether a 3rd political party files to run in the General Election next year remains to be seen. As it stands now, there will be a Democratic nominee, a Republican nominee and thus far, one independent candidate will be on the ballot in November of 2020 for U.S. Senate from Illinois.
McHenry County Blog thanks DTRO for placing links to U.S. Senate candidates’ petitions on their Facebook page, and the speeches of the candidates who appeared at the DTRO picnic on their YouTube channel. The link to DTRO’s YouTube channel with speeches from September 8 is below:
- DTRO YouTube channel page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB8kWyQQxUlwkaXFh8r3r8g