Are you prepared to vote for candidates in 2018 General Election?

Early on March 21, 2018, this page was updated with results of the Primary Election on March 20, 2018. Currently, this page features candidates who ran in the Illinois Primary as Democrats and Republicans that will serve Naperville. Additional statewide candidates from other parties could be added to the November ballot if their petition signing campaigns are successful.

Thanks for reading and getting to know the candidates in your choice of political party before you vote.

All links to candidates’ websites on this page have been requested by the candidate or campaign representative.

Polls for the Illinois Primary General Election were open 6AM-7PM Tues., March 20, 2018. 

Then many happy returns in DuPage County were faced with technological challenges when counting ballots with newly-implemented electronic voting machines failed to tally vote totals in a timely way. 

Furthermore, at issue on the ballot was a nonbinding question that asked about consolidating the DuPage Election Commission into the DuPage County Clerk’s office. Returns indicate that voters favor the consolidation.

Candidates counted as Primary victors are designated by *****.

Thanks for your patience and for planning to get to know all the candidates before the General Election on Nov. 6, 2018.

Originally Posted, March 1, 2018 / Last Updated, March 21, 2018

Naperville Government Guide / List of Elected Officials Now Serving

U.S. Congress 

Congressional Districts (6th, 11th and 14th) carved out of Naperville, Illinois, are represented by three members in the 435-member House of Representatives (Currently Naperville is served by 1 Democrat and 2 Republicans). Illinois has 18 Congressional Districts.
Length of term: 2 years.

6th District

Sean Casten  (D) *****

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Peter Roskam (R) *****

11th District

Bill Foster (D) *****

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Nick Stella (R) *****

14th District

Lauren Underwood (D) *****

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Randall M. “Randy” Hultgren (R) *****


Early Voting Runs October 22 – November 5, 2018 

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Early Voting (by Mail )

By mail, Early Voting (Absentee Voting) begins 40 days before the election. Link to info in DuPage County about Early Voting by Mail.  Link to Will County.

Early Voting (in person) in General Election runs October 22 through November 5, 2018, at City Hall

(Early Voting will be held at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., for registered voters in DuPage County and Naperville residents in Will County.)

Early Voting runs Monday through Friday, DuPage County Voting will be held in Lower Level Meeting Room A from 8:30AM- 7:30PM. Hours are 9AM-5PM on Saturdays and 10AM-4PM on Sundays.

Will County residents will vote in the Naperville City Clerk’s Office during the same voting period with different hours.

Thanks for paying attention to all the hopefuls on the ballot.

Then be prepared to be an educated voter when you go to the polls.

Illinois Governor – Lieutenant Governor 

JB Pritzker (D) ***** Juliana Stratton (D) *****

Bruce Rauner (R) ***** Evelyn Sanguinetti (R) *****

Illinois Attorney General 

Vote for 1

Kwame Raoul (D) *****

Erika Harold (R) *****

Illinois Secretary of State 

Vote for 1

Jesse White (D) *****

Jason Helland (R) *****

Illinois State Treasurer 

Vote for 1

Michael W. Frerichs (D) *****

Jim Dodge (R) *****

Illinois State Comptroller 

Vote for 1

Susana Mendoza (D) *****

Darlene Senger (R) *****

Illinois Senate 

Illinois has 59 State Senate members / Length of term: 4 years.

42nd Legislative District

Vote for 1

Linda Holmes (D) *****

No Candidate (R)

21st Legislative District 

Vote for 1

Laura Ellman (D) *****

Michael Connelly (R) *****

Note! Old nonpartisan story worth remembering. Though it appears organizers and supporters petitioning to put redrawing the Illinois District Maps question on the General Election Ballot,  Nov. 8, 2016, had the signatures they needed, the Illinois Supreme Court did not agree. Visit Independent Map Amendment to check the old post about their progress as they aimed to create a nonpartisan 11-member board and “a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.”

To help promote fair elections, PN firmly supported the Independent Map Amendment and all initiatives to place term limits on the ballot. Here we are two years later without change.

For a list of other nonpartisan supporters of the Independent Map Amendment, click here.

Illinois State House 

Illinois has 118 State House members / Length of term: 2 years.

41st Representative District

Vote for 1

Val Montgomery (D) *****

Grant Wehrli (R) *****

42nd Representative District

Vote for 1

Kathleen V. Carrier (D) *****

Amy L. Grant (R) *****

49th Representative District 

Vote for 1

Karina Villa (D) *****

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Tonia Jane Khouri (R) ***** 
Nic Zito (R) 

81st Representative District 

Vote for 1 

Anne M. Stava-Murray (D) *****

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David S. Olsen (R) *****

84th Representative District 

Vote for 1

Stephanie A. Kifowit (D) *****

Patty Smith (R) *****

85th Representative District

Vote for 1

John Connor (D) *****

Lisa Bickus (R) *****

FYI: When Illinois District maps were redrawn after the 2010 Census, eight districts were carved from the region to touch Naperville, some just barely. The 41st District is the one serving the largest Naperville population, spreading beyond her borders.  Here’s the Respresentative Map for the 41st District with its outreach.

DuPage County 

(Polling Place Voter Look Up)

DuPage County Board Chairman

Vote for 1

Lynn LaPlante (D) *****

Dan Cronin (R) *****

Sheriff 

Vote for 1

Gregory H. Whalen (D) *****

James Mendrick (R) *****

County Clerk  

Vote for 1

Jean Kaczmarek (D) *****

Paul Hinds (R) *****

County Treasurer 

Vote for 1

Gwen Henry (R) *****

DuPage County Board 

Vote for Not More than 2, District 5 Full 4-Year Term

Sadia G. Covert (D) *****
Dawn DeSart (D) *****

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Janice Marie Anderson  (R) *****
Patricia “Patty” Gustin (R) *****

DuPage County Forest Preserve President

Vote for 1

Daniel Hebreard (D) *****

Joseph F. Cantore (R) *****

DuPage County Regional Superintendent of Schools 

Vote for 1

Darlene J. Ruscitti (R) *****

Precinct Committeemen

Democrat (DuPage County)

Republican (DuPage County)

18th Judicial Circuit

18th Judicial (Fawell) / Vote for 1

David Stevens (D) ***** (Too close to call)
Jeffrey M. Jacobson (D) ***** (Too close to call)

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Karen M. Wilson (R) *****

18th Judicial ((Creswell) / Vote for 1

Linda E. Davenport (D) *****

Jeff Mackay (R) *****

Will County 

(Polling Place Look Up)

County Clerk  

Vote for 1

Denise Mushro-Rumchak (D) *****

Laurie McPhillips (R) *****

County Treasurer  

Vote for 1

Steve Weber (R) *****

County Sheriff 

Vote for 1

Mike Kelley (D) *****

Jim Reilly (R) *****

Will County Regional Superintendent of Schools

Vote for 1

Shawn Walsh (D) *****

Will County Board Members to be Nominated 

Vote for not more than 2

County Board District – 11

Michelle “Mimi” Cowan (D) *****

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Kathy Havel (R) *****
Julie Anne Berkowicz (R) *****

(Note: Members of the County Board also serve on the Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Board of Commissioners.)

Precinct Committeeman – Elected (2-Year Term)

Will County Precinct Committeemen

Link to Will County Election Services / All Candidates & Propositions

Get to know candidates running to serve Naperville 

To assist in the ease to study up, this page includes only candidates running in the Primary Elections to serve Naperville. After first winning the Primary, candidates will be on the ballot in the General Mid-Term Election on Tues., Nov. 6, 2018.

Thanks for Running 

Thanks to all hopefuls for petitioning voters (and to registered voters for signing petitions and participating in the process) in order for candidates to throw their hats into the ring with a desire to serve all constituents.

We aim to monitor fair campaigns based on facts, fresh ideas and open minds. We hope thoughtful, practical and prudent candidates are elected to set goals from across the aisle, exchange ideas and serve this nation’s governing bodies with integrity, accountability and transparency.

Here’s to engaging local voters who will give time and energy to get to know the issues, the U.S. Constitution as well as independent-minded candidates who strive for liberty.

By the end of the campaign, we hope voters elect problem-solving policy makers who connect with the everyday challenges of constituents to address job creation, government regulation, national security and need for tax reform; elected officials who understand unintended consequences as well as the role and limits of every governing body in a reasonable, respectful manner to protect this nation’s freedoms for “We the people…” and “…justice for all.”

The candidates listed here appear on the websites for the State of Illinois, DuPage County and/or Will County Boards of Elections.   —PN

Election Judges 

Be part of the upcoming election process. DuPage and Will counties are recruiting Election Judges for the Nov. 6, 2018, General Election. Illinois Statutes require bipartisan representation in every polling place. An individual must declare the party he/she will represent. Advance training is necessary as well as availability from 5AM to 9PM on Election Day. Polls are open 6AM to 7PM. For complete info about compensation and training, visit the DuPage County Election Judges or Will County Election Judges.

Editor’s Notes 

Any omission in this list of Election Candidates is not intended. To report corrections, please contact Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com and include “Election” in the subject line.

Also, any campaign manager for a candidate who wishes to be linked to this website (no charge), please send request to Stephanie@positivelynaperville.com and include “Election/Candidate Website” in the subject line.

Rates for online banner ads with print ads also are available upon request. Thanks for inquiries!

During PN’s 17-year history, this publication has not endorsed candidates. That said, we’d like to influence all voters to become informed about all the candidates running well in advance of Election Day.

The General Primary Election on March 20 was about putting names for Democrat and Republican candidates on the ballot for the General “Mid-Term” Election in November.  The Primary was about all the folks “down ballot” that want to serve Naperville in seats up for election in DuPage and Will counties, Springfield and Washington, D.C.

The 2018 Primary narrowed the field. We again urge voters to get to know all the candidates that make themselves available. In support of our view of the importance to promote that all politics is local, soon this website will host opportunities to meet and greet candidates that participate in candidate forums and other Naperville events.

We understand and appreciate that sometimes Early Voting is the only way residents with busy schedules can make it to the polls.

Our hope for our Republic, however, is that voters wait to vote until Election Day on November 6, 2018, whenever possible. The final weeks of any election campaign can offer valuable insights not available during Early Voting. Thanks for being an informed voter. —PN

Now Serving Naperville 

Are you familiar with the elected officials and leadership that currently serve you on governing bodies (city council, school boards, park district board of commissioners, townships) here in Naperville as well as in DuPage and Will counties, Springfield and all the way to Washington, D.C.?

In addition to this Voters Guide, PN’s Government Guide aims to keep local residents informed. Thanks for getting to know the folks around town who serve to approve budgets and set public policy. To create good government, elected officials need to hear from their constituents.

Why be an educated voter?

vote“One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” Plato

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

“If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free… it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” —Ronald Reagan

“The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.” —John F. Kennedy

“Democracy is not a spectator sport.” —Lotte E. Scharfman, Refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Member of the Massachusetts. League of Women Voters in the 1970s