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Unknown Republicans File for Illinois Governor, US Senate, Legislature

The Chicago Republican Party has recruited 18 2014 legislative candidates from an Internet ad campaign.

The Chicago Republican Party has recruited 18 2014 legislative candidates from an Internet ad campaign.

(Chicago) – Insider: On the last day to file for Illinois’ March 18, 2014 primary, a rush of unknown GOP candidates submitted petitions for governor, U.S. senator, and the state legislature.

For governor, Peter Edwards Jones of Franklin Park submitted petitions on Monday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. without a lt. governor running mate, becoming the fifth Republican to join the GOP gubernatorial contest.

Two other unknown Republicans, blogger William Lee of Rockton and National PTA Multicultural Membership Development Manager Armen Alvarez of Chicago filed for the U.S. Senate.

Additionally, the Chicago Republican Party announced yesterday that it had filed petitions for 18 candidates in 16 districts for the Illinois General Assembly, including a challenger to Senate President John Cullerton, attorney Stephanie Linares. In fact, the Chicago GOP has even managed to ignite a primary contest among its newbies.

Earlier this year, the Chicago GOP launched an on-line marketing campaign to find elusive Chicago Republicans to pass petitions for the legislature, eliciting 146 people who responded to the ads.

“Many Chicago Democrats will face a Republican opponent for the first time in their careers,” said Chicago GOP spokesman Chris Cleveland. “We’re prepared to mount a fully-funded legal defense of our candidates.”

If any of the candidates fall to petition challenges, Cleveland said, “[W]e’re  prepared to re-slate them in the spring.”

The Chicago GOP will hold a press conference early next week to introduce the candidates. Full bios and other candidate information will be released later this week.

Here are the Republican candidates:

Name: District/ Race
Antonio Mannings 02nd Rep
Collin Johnson 05th Rep
Tondalaya Nelson  06th Rep
Myles Tobin 09th Rep
Mark Calonder 10th Rep
Jon Hartmann 13th Rep
Denis Detzel 14th Rep
Brad Dahlgren 15th Rep
Evelyn Mazzucco 15th Rep
Vincent Romano 16th Rep
David Sarama 19th Rep
Felix Gonzalez 21st Rep
Coby Hakalir 26th Rep
Lynn Franco 33rd Rep
Mark Ekhoff 34th Rep
Fatimah Macklin 34th Rep
Victor Horne 35th Rep
 Stephanie Linares  06th Senate

None of the GOP candidates are expected to win in heavily Democratic Chicago.


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