Who's on the ballot?

Kane County residents will vote on federal, state, and county races in the March 20 primary and November 4 general elections.

The county spans several districts at the federal and state levels. Currently, this page includes candidates that specifically represent portions of or the entirety of Kane County.

State executive positions (governor, attorney general, etc.) will be available soon.

Click on the buttons below to scroll down the page to the different categories.


There are four congressional districts that touch Kane County: the 6th, 8th, 11th, and the 14th.

The 6th Congressional District is currently represented by Peter Roskam.

The 14th Congressional District is currently represented by Republican Randy Hultgren.

U.S. House: 6th Congressional District

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The Democratic primary for the 6th district has seven contenders.


Sean Casten is a biochemical engineer and entrepreneur. Between the years of 2000-2016, he owned and operated two businesses, Turbostream and Recycled Energy Development LLC (“RED”), which who has focused on improving fuel efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse emissions within U.S. manufacturing facilities. Sean serves on the Thayer School of Engineering’s Corporate Collaboration Council, working to help ensure the professional quality of their M.E.M. degree program and helping students secure internships and long-term employment.

Carole Cheney most recently worked as District Chief of Staff for the 11th Congressional District office. Prior to that, she was a partner at a law firm, and earlier in her career, worked as a journalist. She previously ran for State Representative and for DuPage County Board Chair.

Carole has served on the Chicago Advisory Board of Feed My Starving Children, as well as boards of a local Boys & Girls Club and a Children’s Advocacy Center. In 2012, she experienced a health issue that led to an inability to work for 18 months and led to her shift in career from lawyer to political staffer.

Amanda Howland is a civil rights attorney and serves on the Board of the College of Lake County. She has been an activist and volunteered in political campaigns for more than 15 years, and previously ran against Peter Roskam in the 2016 election.

Before her career as an attorney, Amanda was a special education teacher and worked in educational administration. She supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk, helped launch the Afterschool Coalition with the Mundelein Police Department to prevent drinking and driving, and has been an active member of the Caring Women’s Connection for fifteen years. 

Ryan Huffman currently works as a data analyst for a healthcare communications startup. His prior professional experiences include working as a journalist at the Northwest Herald and Crain’s Chicago Business, and spending a year as an intern at the White House working with the Legislative Affairs team on the Kerry-Boxer climate change bill.  He then pursued a Masters in Public Policy degree at Northwestern, where he wrote his thesis on gerrymandering.

Kelly Mazeski has served eighteen years in local government in the positions of Village Trustee for North Barrington, Vice-Chairman and Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for North Barrington and currently as Plan Commissioner for Barrington Hills. She is also on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. Professionally, she started her career as a product development chemist and moved into the role of a financial advisor for a private investment firm. She volunteers for the Sierra Club and has conducted nature classes in local public schools for children to encourage their love for the outdoors.

Becky Anderson Wilkins is on the Naperville City Council and is co-owner of her family’s bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshops. She served as President of the American Booksellers Association, and was on the board for seven years. Becky co-founded ‘Naperville Reads,’ a communitywide reading program; Andrea’s Angels, a program that has distributed more than 900,000 new and used books to children and organizations in need; and IndieBound Naperville, an independent business alliance that celebrates locally owned independent businesses and educates consumers.

Jennifer Zordani is a regulatory attorney who has practiced corporate law, trademark law and commercial litigation. She started her career at the Chicago Board of Trade, and then decided to return to law school. After serving as a partner for 15 years, she opened her own firm in 2012, which primarily focuses on financial services. Jennifer has served in a variety of volunteer roles, including president of a non-profit organization focused on decreasing truancy rates by connecting low income families with services.

U.S. House: 8th Congressional District

Raja Krishnamoorthi is the current representative of the 8th Congressional District. He does not have a primary challenger.

U.S. House: 11th Congressional District

Bill Foster is the current Representative of the 11th Congressional District. He does not have a primary challenger. 

U.S. House: 14th Congressional District

Matt is a civil engineer who works on land development, water and sewer projects, and was elected Mayor of the Village of Montgomery, where he grew up, in 2013. As Mayor, Matt convinced the village board to support a sales tax referendum to pay for more investments in roads and other infrastructure, and offset that with a 15% property tax rebate for at least five years. He invested in and improved the village’s water system, saved money by consolidating 911 operations regionally and added police officers.  

John Hosta is a business owner and a former Account Executive with Merrill Lynch. He launched a manufacturing business in 1988 and is in stock trading for private accounts.

John previously ran for the 14th Congressional District in 2014 and 2016. He resides in Spring Grove.

Candidate Q&A (courtesy of IL14UNITED)

Daniel Roldán-Johnson is currently a middle school social studies teacher. He was born in Southern Indiana and was the first member of his family to earn a high school diploma. Earlier in his career, he was an intelligence analyst at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement during the War on Terror, but then decided to transition into education and pursued a Masters degree from DePaul University in Chicago. While at DePaul, Daniel met his now-husband Christian, who is also in education.

Candidate Q&A (courtesy of IL14UNITED)

Victor Swanson joined the United States Navy after high school, earning the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. After leaving the Navy, he studied social studies secondary education. He has been teaching at an area high school for the past 17 years. While teaching, he earned a Master’s Degree at Northern Illinois University in Curriculum and Instruction. Victor’s interest in politics started while growing up in Kendall County due to his grandmother’s involvement in local politics and an upbringing that emphasized public service. He currently resides in Batavia.

Candidate Q&A (Courtesy of IL14UNITED)

Lauren Underwood grew up and currently resides in Naperville, Illinois. She is a registered nurse who works with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that the plan provides high-quality, cost-efficient care. 

Lauren is also a teacher, preparing future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program. During the Obama administration, she was a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies, and helped to implement the Affordable Care Act.

Candidate Q&A (Courtesy of IL14UNITED)

Jim Walz lives in Gurnee and works as an outside sales representative for a regional wholesale distributor. He serves as a school board member for Warren Township High School District #121. He convinced the school board to commit to support green energy initiatives, and worked to pass, by a substantial margin, an advisory question in his township calling for an amendment to overturn Citizens United. Jim previously ran for the 14th Congressional District in 2016, and won the Democratic Primary. Jim has served in various volunteer roles thoughout the community, including youth baseball coach, flood relief efforts, and supporting Gurnee Days Parade activities. 

Candidate Q&A (Courtesy of IL14UNITED)

George Weber, of Lakewood, is a recently retired chemical engineer who spent 37 years in the industry solving problems, designing multi-million dollar systems, and making things more efficient. He travelled globally, working with clients in Europe and Asia to persuade them to license American technologies. George has been married to his wife, a middle school math teacher, for thirty-three years and has three grown children. His parents were immigrants from Europe, and his father spent his career working on an assembly line in an automobile engine plant to provide their family with what was then a middle-class lifestyle.


The Illinois General Assembly includes the Senate and House of Representatives.

Illinois Senate




There are 6 senate districts with portions inside Kane County. 

The 22nd and 25th districts do not have elections in 2018.

No election in 2018.

No election in 2018.

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Tom Georges has announced his candidacy for the 26th district.

Nancy Zettler is an attorney, small business owner, and activist from Algonquin. She is a precinct committeeman in Dundee Township. She does not have a challenger in the primary.  

There is no Democratic candidate in the 35th district at this time.

Linda Holmes is the incumbent in the 42nd district. She has represented the district since 2006.

Illinois House of Representatives



There are 9 state representative districts with portions inside Kane County. All have elections in 2018. 

The 52nd & 66th districts do not have Democratic candidates at this time. Only one district, the 70th, is contested in the primary.

Anna MoellerAnna Moeller has served as the representative of the 43rd district since 2014. She does not have a challenger in the primary.

Karina Villa is currently the Vice President of the West Chicago District 33 Board of Education and a school social worker. She has worked in the West Chicago and Villa Park school systems. She grew up in West Chicago and earned her MSW from Aurora University. She does not have a primary challenger.

James Leslie is a long-time Aurora resident who has been a full-time firefighter and paramedic for 15 years. He also serves on the executive boards of the IAFF Local 4302 and Illinois Firefighter Peer Support organization.

There is no Democratic candidate for the 52nd district.

Richard Johnson is the current President of the School District U46’s Elgin Teacher’s Association, a former teacher, and a lawyer.  He taught high school at Bartlett High School for nearly a decade. He does not have a challenger in the primary.

There is no Democratic candidate for the 66th district.

Howard Solomon has served on the DeKalb County
school board since 2015. He is a retired educator
who taught at the City College of Chicago.




Paul Stoddard is a professor at Northern Illinois
University. He has served on the DeKalb County
Board for 10 years.

Linda Chapa LaVia is the incumbent for the 83rd district. She does not have a primary challenger.

Stefanie Kifowit is the incumbent for the 84th district. She does not have a primary challenger.

State Central Committeeman / Committeewoman

1 Male and 1 Female for each US Congressional District

The State Central Committee (SCC) is the governing body of the Illinois Democratic Party. One male and one female are elected from each congressional district. SCC members vote on the officers of the state party, the DNC members who will represent Illinois in the national party, changes to party rules and bylaws, and other state party business. SCC members serve their district by being the liaison between the state party and local parties in their district, helping candidates get elected, and recruiting candidates to run for office.

There are two candidates for each position (male and female) running to be elected in March.

Nancy Sherpherdson

Nancy Shepherdson (i) has been the 6th District State Central Committeewoman since March of 2006 – over 12 years.  She is a member of the sixth dems and is running an uncontested race.




Greg Hosé

Greg Hosé (i) is the current 6th District State Central Committeeman. He has also served as the Village of Downers Grove commissioner for the past five years.







Jesse Medina

Jesse Medina Jr. is a custodial/maintenance worker in public schools and a working class public sector union member. Medina is a member of the Service Employees International Union Local 73, in which he serves on many committees. He is the vice-president of the Aurora chapter of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) and ran as a Bernie Sanders Delegate in the 2016 Illinois primary.




Patrick Watson

Patrick Watson grew up in DuPage County and graduated from North Central College in Naperville. He has worked on the campaigns of President Barack Obama, Governor Pat. Quinn, and Senator Hillary Clinton, among others; both as a volunteer, and as a full-time staff member. He was a founding member of Northwest Suburbs Organizing for Action as well as Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th.



Cristina Castro

Cristina Castro (i) is the current State Central Committeewoman for the 8th district as well as the state senator for the 22nd district of Illinois.







Michael Noland

Michael Noland (i) is the current Democratic State Central Committeeman for the 8th Congressional District. He is also a former Democratic member of the Illinois State Senate, representing District 22 from 2007 to 2017. 





Michael C Cudzik is running against the current incumbent to become the 8th district State Central Committeeman. He is a Schaumburg Township committeeman.

Julia Kennedy Beckman (incumbent) has served three terms as the 11th District State Central Committeewoman.




Maggie Wunderly is the democratic precinct committeewoman for Naperville 63 and is on the board for the Progressives of Kane County. She is an active member of the Naperville Township Democrats and was selected to serve on the Rules Committee for the 2016 DNC.



Kevin “Duffy” Blackburn (Incumbent) is the current state central committeeman for the 11th district. He is also the Will County Auditor.





Juan R Thomas is running for 11th district state central committeeman.

Kristina Zahorik (incumbent) has held the office of State Central Committeewoman for the 14th district since 2014. She is also the precinct committeewoman for Nunda 25 in McHenry County.




Alison Squires is a Sugar Grove Township Trustee and teaches an after school robotics engineering class for children. She is on the board of the Progressives of Kane County.





Mark Guethle (incumbent) is the chairman of the Kane County Democrats as well as precinct committeeman for Batavia 21.





Peter Janko has been heavily involved with Our Revolution and Medicare For All since summer of 2016. He is on the board of directors of Preservation Trades Network and is the commissioner on the McHenry County Preservation Commission.




16th Judicial Circuit

These candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination for Judge. The 16th Judicial Circuit covers all of Kane County.

Lark Cowart

Lark Cowart graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and is a 14 year veteran of the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. During this time, she was nominated twice for Prosecutor of the Year.

Michael Noland

Michael Noland is a former chair of the Illinois Senate Criminal Law Committee and served in the Illinois General Assembly from 2007 to 2017. Nineteen years as an attorney and a former Assistant Kane County Public Defender, he has handled cases in both civil and criminal courts.

Kane County Board

Kane County is organized into 24 districts; each is represented by a board member. 

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    • Donald Ishmael (i) was elected to this position in 2014. He serves on the Public Health, Agriculture and Public Service Committees and also works for Union Pacific Railroad as a Journeyman Signalman. He is currently a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen (BRS)and has been a member of several unions throughout his career as well as a Marine Corps Veteran.
    • Anita Marie Lewis (Voting history: STRONG Republican): is running as a democrat for the 3rd district. Ms. Lewis cites a desire to avoid tax increases and dissatisfaction with current representation as her main reasons for running. Ms. Lewis obtained her undergraduate degree from DePaul University and is also a Life Coach. She is active in her church and was recently commissioned as a church chaplain.
    • Sandra A. King is a financial planner, analyst, and project management consultant with experience in various retail and manufacturing industries, and has led diversity initiatives that support women and LGBTQ populations throughout her career. Currently, she serves as the Secretary of the Sugar Grove Township Democrats.
    • Brian Gravenhorst (Voting history: STRONG Republican) states that dissatisfaction with current representation and the encouragement from friends and neighbors as his reasons for seeking office. Mr. Gravenhorst is retired after a 40 year-long career as a computer programmer. He graduated from Elmhurst college and served in the US Navy. Mr. Gravenhorst was also a Republican Aurora Election Judge for 6 years.
    • No Democratic candidate
    • Jody Kanikula cites concern that safety and quality of life are being scarified for a small reduction in taxes and a desire to bring a better balance to the county board as primary reasons for seeking office. Ms. Kanikula would also like to see greater importance placed on residents’ input. Ms. Kanikula holds a Master of Social Work degree and has a private counseling practice wherein she works with adults and seniors. Her career thus far has focused largely on counseling, multiple volunteer engagements and serving as vice president and president for the DuPage Association of Volunteer Administration.
    • No Democratic candidate
    • Gerald M. Palmere is a Chief Engineer currently running a 50 story commercial building in Chicago. He cites wanting to make a difference and a desire to fight for the blue collar of Kane county as his main reasons for running. Mr. Palmere was recently accredited as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – Accredited Professional) by The US Green Building Council.
    • Lucas Strom cites a deep passion for the area, the need for fiscal responsibility and social compassion and a desire to serve residents well as his main reasons for running. Mr. Strom is a fourth-generation farmer, owning and operating a row crop operation growing non-GMO corn and is working towards a fully organic operation. Mr. Strom previously worked for large management consulting companies helping start-up companies grow and holds his Master of Science degree in Information Services.
    • Deborah Allan (i) ran as a Republican in 2006 for the Kane County Board election.
    • Janice Bennett is a long-time democrat and the democratic precinct committeeperson for Elgin Precinct 44. She has been the Elgin Township Democrats Treasurer since 2006 and worked to flip the Elgin Township campaigns from Republican to majority Democrat in the recent local elections.
    • Thomas P. Gibbons
    • John Jack Shales
    • Mohammad “Mo” Iqbal is an attorney and civil engineer who is a democratic precinct committeeman for Elgin precinct 8. Mr. Iqbal acts as a public attorney for the Gail Borden Library Foundation and the Prairie State Legal Services.
    • Tara Jacobsen
    • Christopher Kious

Kane County Sheriff

The Sheriff’s position serves the entire county. There are two candidates running in the Democratic primary.

Ron Hain

Ron Hain is a Sergeant with the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked since 2003 in a variety of roles, including SWAT Team Assistant Team Leader, Narcotic K-9 Handler, Drug Enforcement Investigator, Interstate Crimes Interdictor, and Police Supervisor. He was twice named Deputy of the Year. 

Willie Mayes, Sr.

Willie M. Mayes, Sr., is currently a Public Safety Lieutenant in the Patrol Division of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked for 26 years. During that time, he worked in corrections and commanded the Bomb Squad. He recently completed his MBA at Aurora University. In 2003,  he won Officer of the Year.

Kane County Clerk

Nico Jimenez is a Quality Assurance Specialist who lives in Elburn, and is a Precinct Committeeman in Campton Township. He previously ran for Kane County board, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois and attended Marmion Academy.  He is uncontested in the primary.

Kane County Treasurer

There is no Democratic candidate for this race.

Regional Superintendant of Schools

There is no Democratic candidate for this race.