Thursday, December 15, 2005

Republicans Line Up For 8th District

Cristel Mohrman
Pioneer Press

Eighth Congressional hopefuls didn't waste any time making their candidacies official this week.

Republicans Ken Arnold, Teresa Bartels, Robert Churchill, Aaron Lincoln, David McSweeney and Kathy Salvi and Democratic incumbent Melissa Bean all filed for candidacy at 8 a.m. Monday in Springfield, according to the Illinois State Board of Elections.

The Republicans will face off in the March 21 primary election.

Arnold is a senior benefit plan management consultant from Gurnee. Co-founder of a taxpayer watch group for Warren and Newport townships, he also serves as Warren Township precinct committeeman and officer.

He served as Republican party chairman from 1998 to 2002, and recently served as vice chairman of the Lake County Republican Party.

Bartels, a Mundelein resident who owned an operated the Manpower franchise of Lake and McHenry counties for 16 years, is actively involved in her community.

She currently serves as board member, chairwoman of the development council and treasurer of the University Center of Lake County, vice chairwoman of the Carmel High School board and is active with St. Francis de Sales Church and the United Way, among other organizations.

Churchill, a state representative, R-62nd, for 20 years, lives in Lake Villa and has practiced law in Grayslake for 33 years.

He has said serving in Congress would give him the opportunity to serve a larger population than he does as a state representative.

An lawyer from Wauconda, Lincoln served as a federal attorney for more than 10 years.

He is also a veteran U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals' Corps officer. He has served four years of active duty and five years in the reserves.

Barrington Hills resident McSweeney, who has put his 17-year career as an investment banker on hold to actively campaign for the election, has contributed at least $250,000 of his own money toward his coffer.

A former Palatine Township trustee who lost an 8th Congressional primary race to Phil Crane in 1998, he has gained the endorsements of former U.S. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald and former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka.

Salvi, an attorney from Mundelein, is married to former state legislator Al Salvi.

She turned down this week an invitation from Jim Oberweis to run for lieutenant governor, saying her first priority is to serve the 8th Congressional District.

The winner of the Republican primary is expected to face freshman Congresswoman Bean. No candidates had announced plans to run against her in the primary as of Tuesday.

Filing for the primary election ends Monday.

Independent candidate Bill Scheurer, of Lindenhurst, has said he will run against Bean and the winner of the Republican primary in the Nov. 7, 2006 general election.

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