For the first time in recent memory, the Madison County Republican Party will be challenging for a number of seats in Madison County that have long been held by Democrats. Filing for the March 20 primary wrapped up Monday, and while in some cases, there is just one candidate from each party running for a particular office, there will be contested races next fall for most county-wide seats.
One of the first Republicans to announce her candidacy was Amy Sholar, who will face incumbent Tom Gibbons for the State's Attorney's office. Coroner Steve Nonn will be challenged in the fall by Republican Kathy Vest, Mark Von Nida is leaving his job as County Clerk to run for Circuit Clerk. His Republican challenger is John Barberis Jr. Two Republicans have filed for Auditor- Jeremy Plank of Wood River and Bobby Frank of Alhambra. The winner in the primary will face off with Rick Faccin in the fall. Matt Rice was one of the first Republicans to break the Democratic hold on county offices with his defeat of Recorder Kyle Anderson in the fall of 2010. He will face a challenge in November of next year by Democrat Amy Meyer. And one of the last candidates to announce is Chris Slusser, who hopes to unseat Democrat Alan Dunstan as Chairman of the Madison County Board. Eighteen of the 29 County Board seats are also being contested.
In some cases, there is only one candidate from each party, so the real campaigning will be for the general election next fall. Looking at Riverbend races for County Board, Mick Madison of Bethalto and Phil Schlemer of Holiday Shores will face off for the GOP nomination in the 5th district, with the winner moving on to face incumbent Democrat Dan Collman of Holiday Shores. In District 6, two Republicans have filed- incumbent Steven Adler and challenger Joanne Adams- both of Alton. District 8 is still an all Alton Democrat affair- incumbent Michael Holliday Sr. will face John Eric Robinson. District 13 features three candidates from East Alton. Democrat Steve Brazier will face either Justin Sandback or Tony Rangel Jr. in the fall.