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Learn about candidates running in 2024 Illinois Primary, March 19


UPDATE, MARCH 19, 2024…



Update, March 17, 2024 / Any registered voter who has yet to vote early in the Primary Election may head to a polling place from now until 7PM Tues., March 19. Local polling places will be open during well-established voting hours from 6AM to 7PM on Primary Election Day.

All Naperville residents will find Early Voting at the Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle Street, through March 18. DuPage County voters can cast ballots from 9AM to 5PM Sun., March 17, as well as 8AM to 7PM Mon., March 18. Will County voters can vote early from 10AM to 4PM Sun., March 17; and 8:30AM to 7PM Mon., March 18.

Tuesday, March 19, is 2024 Primary Election Day

Though many candidates on the ballot in the 2024 Primary are running unopposed, if you’ve yet to vote, kindly take some time before heading to the polls to become familiar with contested candidates. Remember that Tuesday’s Primary Election is when political parties select or nominate their candidates for the 2024 General Election set for Tues., Nov. 5.

We’re mindful that most newspapers issue endorsements on races in their coverage area. To answer recent queries that have come with press releases, as a monthly community newspaper with a hyperlocal focus, for more than 20 years we have chosen never to endorse, providing all interested hopefuls with a chance to promote their message via unsolicited candidate-sponsored advertising. We’ve also provided website links upon request. And PN has published news of public forums when all candidates running for the same office have a chance to present their understanding of the role of government and their platforms.

Polls are open 6AM to 7PM on all Tuesday Election Days

We’ve always thought we could best serve this well-educated community as a conduit for reminders to vote on Election Days, giving individual registered voters the chance to make their own decisions about hopefuls with values and ideas for public policies they support independently and along party lines. We’re also mindful of the 1964 Bob Dylan song, “The times they are a changin’.”

Thanks for paying attention, seeking to find responsible and quality individuals who can express clearly why they’re running to serve and represent Naperville in DuPage County, Will County, Springfield and Washington, D.C.—PN

Original Post in Print March 1, 2024 / Online March 8

So far, the Primary Campaign in Naperville appears to be less than chock full of enthusiasm except possibly for candidates running for Congress in the 11th District. Otherwise, few candidates on the ballot need primary election votes by March 19 in order to advance to the General Election on Nov. 5.

That said, with so few challengers, energy to inspire PN also finds itself on the back burner, hopefully to be ignited by the General Presidential Election on Tues., Nov. 5, 2024. And perhaps you thought it was the 2024 Leap Year that made February seem so long.

Be mindful that U.S. Senators in Illinois are not up for reelection to their six-year terms. Challengers for Congressional seats are few and far between.

Heading toward General Election, Nov. 5, 2024

Updates beginning at 9PM March 19, 2024 / ***Designates Projected Winner



In the 6th Congressional District, Democrat Congressman ***Sean Casten is being challenged by Mahnoor Ahmad and Charles Hughes. The Republican challenger is Niki Conforti.

In the 11th Congressional District, Democrat incumbent ***Bill Foster is being challenged by Qasim Rashid. Republican ballot choices are Susan Hathaway-Altman, ***Jerry Evans and Kent Mercado.

In the 14th Congressional District, Democrat incumbent Lauren Underwood is running again. Her Republican ballot challenger in November will be either Charlie Kim or ***James Marter.

Voters are advised do a little homework about a few other hopefuls, too.

The First Appellate Court District Democratic candidates are Celia G. Gamrath and Leonard Murray.

The Third Appellate Court District is one of five districts serving north/central counties in Illinois. District 3 is composed of DuPage, Will, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee, and LaSalle counties. Two candidates, ***John Anderson and Joe Hettel are vying for a place on the Democratic ballot. Republican ***Judge Kenton Skarin (currently serving the Illinois 18th Judicial Circuit) is running unopposed.

Will County Board District 10 / Democrats running are Meta Mueller and Kelly Hickey. Republicans are David J. Scriven-Young and Julie Berkowicz.

As for ballot questions, none for Naperville is listed on the DuPage County ballot or the Will County ballot.

For President of the United States, the Democrat ballot lists four candidates. ***Joe Biden. The Republican ballot lists five, four of whom have suspended their candidacies. ***Donald Trump.

Kindly note, because of primary candidates’ withdrawing from the race, it’s been tough for this publication to promote expanded Early Voting as the best practice for casting ballots. We recall times (and the wrath received from many early voters who claimed they’d “wasted their votes”) when candidates have withdrawn and/or suspended their races after Early Voting had begun.

Remember: Super Tuesday was March 5, 2024, the date when more than a dozen states, including California and Texas, will hold primaries. By the end of March, primary elections will have taken place that include well over 50 percent of each party’s delegates.

Note: Candidate data was taken from Illinois State Board of Elections as well as election info on websites in DuPage and Will counties. Any omissions or errors are not intended.

Polls will be open from 6AM to 7PM on Election Day Tues., March 19, 2024; then again on Nov. 5, 2024. Meanwhile, attend meet-and-greet events and watch public forums to get to know which candidates are qualified to serve your best interests before heading to the polls.

Early Voting Opportunity, beginning March 4 and running through March 18, Early Voting sites will be open daily throughout Naperville in both DuPage and Will Counties with expanded hours until Primary Election Day, Tues., March 19.

In response to many queries, Positively Naperville promotes candidate forums only for Municipal Elections (City Council) during Consolidated Elections of local candidates held in the spring every other odd year. The next Consolidated Election is April 2025.

This publication welcomes candidates to submit opportunities to meet and greet them. Thanks for reading and for paying attention. Educated voters matter.

Historical References 2024

The primary season officially began with the Republican Iowa caucuses on Jan. 15. Then the Democratic primaries began with the New Hampshire primary, a time for both parties on Jan. 23.

Here in Illinois, both Democrats and Republicans will be able to cast their ballots in the primary elections on Tues., March 19.

Remember that Naperville is located in both DuPage County and Will County. Early Voting times will be announced soon at locations near all voters and at the Naperville Municipal Center.

Voters hoping to cast their ballots by mail were able to apply for a mail-in ballot for the upcoming election, and are given the option to join the permanent vote-by-mail roster.

Looking ahead

Candidates who win their primary will be on the ballot for the November general election. Presidential candidates officially will be nominated at the party conventions this summer.

The Republican National Convention is set for July 15-18, 2024, at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee.

To date, the Democratic National Convention is scheduled from August 19-22, 2024, at the United Center in Chicago.

Meanwhile, when received from candidates, www.positivelynaperville.com will begin showcasing opportunities to meet and greet candidates and/or their supporters. Elections count.

Watch for local candidates and their supporters in the WSI St. Patrick’s Parade beginning at 10AM Sat., March 9. Many happy returns. 

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