Chicago Republican Party Files an Unprecedented 18 Candidates

The Chicago Republican Party announced today that it had filed petitions for 18 candidates in 16 districts for the state legislature. The last of the petitions were filed in Springfield early this afternoon.

Earlier this year, the Chicago GOP launched an unprecedented effort to recruit, train, and get signatures for Republican candidates across the city. 146 people responded to a marketing campaign looking for Republican candidates in some of the toughest districts in the country. Of those, 17 candidates made it through an "American Idol"-style vetting process and obtained the necessary signatures to get on the ballot.

"Many Chicago Democrats will face a Republican opponent for the first time in their careers," said Chicago GOP spokesman Chris Cleveland.

"We expect that Madigan will launch a full-on legal attack against our petitions," said Cleveland. "It's much cheaper to use lawyers to crush an opponent than to run an actual campaign."

"We're ready for him, though. We're prepared to mount a fully-funded legal defense of our candidates. And if he does succeed with knocking any of our candidates off the ballot, we'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.

The candidates:

Name District/ Race
Antonio Mannings 02nd Rep
Collin Johnson 05th Rep
Tondalaya NelsonĀ  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
Stefanie LinaresĀ  06th Sen
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