Multiple Will County Board Seats Contested in 2022 Election – Shaw Local

All Will County Council seats will be on the ballot in this year’s election.

This occurs during the election after council districts are redistributed with the use of the latest census data.

The council is the legislative body of the county government and votes the budget of the various departments of the county. Over the past two years, the council has worked on a plan to distribute more than $133 million in federal pandemic relief and has overseen several major capital improvement projects.

The Democratic majority in place on the board of directors passed a new map with two districts less than the existing map, despite the objection of the Republican members. The change will also reduce the number of council members from 26 to 22 when the new group is sworn in next December.

Of the 26 members of the board of directors, only 16 applied this year. A few prominent members, including Speaker Mimi Cowan, D-Naperville, and Minority Leader Mike Fricilone, R-Homer Glen, will not run for re-election.

Other members not showing up include Amanda Koch, D-Frankfort; Gretchen Fritz, R-Plainfield; Don Gould, R-Shorewood; Rachel Ventura, D-Joliet; Tyler Marcum, D-Joliet; Tom Weigel, R-New Lenox; Debbie Kraulidis, R-Joliet; and Jim Moustis, R-Frankfort, who has served on the board since 1992.

Fritz is running for Will County Clerk. Ventura is running for a seat in the Illinois Senate.

In each constituency, the two candidates with the most votes in each party’s primary race will advance to the general election. Up to four candidates in total for each constituency can qualify for the general election.

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Here is an overview of those who applied in each district:

District 1

Incumbent Joe VanDuyne, D-Wilmington, has sought re-election as the sole Democratic nominee.

Three Republicans — Jerry Bene, Tina McGrath and Katie Deane-Schlottman — have run to run in the GOP primary.

The district includes the most southwestern part of the county and extends into parts of Joliet.

District 2

Incumbents Judy Ogalla, R-Monee and Frankie Pretzel, R-New Lenox join a crowded Republican field that also includes Robert Hendrick and Hillary “Mattsey” Kurzawa.

Bob Howard was the only Democratic candidate to file.

The district extends from the most southeastern part of the county to Manhattan and part of the Lincoln-Way area.

District 3

Two Democrats, Sherry Newquist, D-Steger and Michael Flanagan ran as candidates, along with two Republicans, Daniel Butler and George Macias.

This district stretches from the Crete and Steger region in eastern Will County to the Frankfort region.

District 4

Incumbent Stephen Balich, R-Orland Park and fellow Republican Anthony Granata are running as a ticket in the GOP primary field that also includes David Molinari and James Richmond.

Sheri Boniecki-Cooling and Andrew Englebrecht are the two Democratic candidates who have submitted their candidacy.

This district includes the northeast portion of the county, including Homer Glen and the surrounding area east of Interstate 355.

District 5

Annettee Parker, R-Crest Hill, is the sole incumbent in the GOP primary, which also includes Philip Juarez.

Democrats Scott Pointon, Sherry Williams and Dionne Wright are the Democrats who ran.

District 5 includes parts of Crest Hill, Lockport and New Lenox.

District 6

Incumbents Herbert Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, and Denise Winfrey, D-Joliet, are challenged by Janet Diaz and Jazmin Martinez in the Democratic primary.

No Republicans have shown up to run in that district, which includes much of Joliet.

District 7

Incumbents Natalie Coleman, D-Plainfield and Brian Bessler are running in the Democratic primary race.

Two Republicans, Vince Logan and Glenda Wright-McCullum have run to run in the GOP primary.

This district includes parts of the West Side of Joliet and Crest Hill.

District 8

Incumbent Mica Freeman, D-Plainfield, was the only Democratic candidate to file in that district.

Two Republicans, Nicky Giannasi and Mark Revis, are running in the GOP primary.

District 8 includes much of Plainfield.

District 9

Incumbent Raquel Mitchell, R-Bolingbrook, was the only Republican to file in that district.

Margaret Tyson, D-Bolingbrook, is seeking re-election in the Democratic primary. Kevin “Kollins” Hedemark and Destinee Ortiz also filed as Democrats.

This neighborhood includes much of Romeoville and parts of Bolingbrook.

District 10

Meta Mueller, D-Aurora, who is the majority leader of the board, has filed for re-election in the Democratic field, which also includes Khadija “DJ” Sufi.

Incumbent Julie Berkowicz, R-Naperville, has also sought re-election, as has Vasavi Chakka, in the GOP race.

District 10 comprises the northwest part of the county, covering parts of Aurora and Naperville.

District 11

Incumbent Jackie Traynere, D-Bolingbrook, filed for re-election in a crowded Democratic field that includes Elnalyn Costa, Daryl Parks and Saud Gazanfer, who was recently named to the board to fill a vacancy.

Two Republicans also filed, Larry Alexander Shaver and Antonio Timothee.

The district includes a large part of Bolingbrook.

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