Each week leading up to the March primary, Naperville News 17 is bringing you helpful information to keep you informed when you head to the polls.
In this week’s edition of “Your Vote” you’ll learn how to get to know your district.
With a little over a month to go until the March primary, many residents are doing their research to know who to vote for in their respective districts.
Districts are divided territories that hold an election to choose their representative to an elected body.
“If they want representation, they need to know who to vote for,” said political analyst Kenn Miller. “Sometimes the districts are confusing.”
Voters are sometimes confused because most districts have nothing to do with the boundary lines of cities, instead the lines are drawn by the legislators, also known as gerrymandering.
“The party that is in power that has the majority has more of the clout to move boundaries around and redistrict,” explained Miller. “Typically, the dominant party will make it so that they have a better chance of continuing with their dominance. And both parties, both Republican and Democrat have done that over the years.”
November marks only the second election since the 11th Congressional District was drawn. The first election in 2012 was won by Democrat Bill Foster.
There are 5 Republican candidates running for a chance to take on Foster for District 11 in the general election: Darlene Senger, Bert Miller, Ian Bayne, Chris Balkema, and Craig Robbins.
The city of Naperville is part of six different state representative districts, with three of those requiring a March Republican primary.
District 42 covering northeast Naperville has incumbent Jeanne Ives running against Adam Johnson.
District 81 covering a small central part of Naperville has incumbent Ron Sandack against Keith Matune.
And District 97, that includes southwest Naperville, has Mark Batinick, Richard Chapman, & Amanda Mancke.
DuPage County Residents can vote for the GOP nominee for The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Board President between current board members Mary Lou Wehrli and Joe Cantore.
And both District 11 Will County Board members, Suzanne Hart and Charles “Chuck” Maher, who represent Naperville, are taking on Michael Strick for two spots.
If you’re unsure of your district, visit elections.il.gov to find your district by your address.
Next week Naperville News 17 will take you inside what it takes to run for an elected office.
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