Everyone can keep their shirts on, Boland files for 71st
No real surprises. It's official. Mike Boland has filed his petitions for 71st District state rep. No treasurer race for Mike. All those who thought he may jump and thus open up a race for his seat can now resume normal activities.
Steve Haring has filed to run in the 71st district Republican primary.
As expected, Pat Verschoore filed for 72nd district rep, and Paul Rumler and Mike Jacobs filed for 36th district state senate.
The Illinois State Board of Elections has a current listing of all candidates filing for the '06 primaries here. You can search the list by candidate or office.
418 candidates participated in the early morning scrum in Springfield, submitting petitions to get on the primary ballot on the first day possible.
The position of a candidate's name on the ballot is determined by lottery, with those filing first ensuring a chance to be listed first. Others sometimes actually compete to be the last person filing, as it's believed that, other than being listed first, being listed last gets more voter interest.
It's a zoo scene in Springfield as hundreds of candidates and supporters all camp out to be able to file at 8:00 sharp. What a nutty sport.