Candidates to begin filing for office on Dec. 12

December 1, 2004
Press Release

Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office will begin accepting nominating petitions on Dec. 12 from prospective candidates interested in running for office in the March 21, 2006 primary election.

Every precinct in Cook County will hold elections to elect political party nominees for offices that include: governor and every other statewide office, U.S. representative, Illinois General Assembly, and countywide offices.

Only candidates running for a county office – county board president, clerk, sheriff, assessor, treasurer, county board commissioner (all 17 district seats), Board of Review commissioner (Districts 1 and 2), Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner (three seats) as well as Democratic and Republican committeeman in every suburban township – will submit their petitions to the Clerk’s office. All other candidates will file with the State Board of Elections in Springfield.

For county and township committeeman candidates, filing will take place starting at 9 a.m. in Room B located on the lower level of the Cook County Administration Building, 69 W. Washington St.

Prospective candidates must file their nomination papers between Dec. 12 and Dec. 19. Objections to a candidate’s nominating petitions can be filed until 5 p.m. on Dec. 27 for county candidates and until 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 for township committeeman candidates, Orr said.

Candidates competing for the same office who file simultaneously at 9 a.m. on Dec. 12 will be eligible for a lottery to determine their position on the March 21 ballot, Orr said.

The Clerk’s office will periodically update a list of candidates who file with the office on its elections website –