Last night I attended GOP candidate Dan Sugrue's first fundraiser at Opa! in Vernon Hills. It was a good crowd for a Thursday, and Sugrue made it clear that his campaign was going to be a run against Springfield and the Democrats' culture of corruption. Frankly, I was too busy eating (man, I love those dolmades!) to remember to take pictures with my trusty Blackberry, but I hopefully will have some up later today.
Sugrue is a Green Oaks lawyer making his second bid for the 59th District seat, which until last month was held by former State Rep. Kathy Ryg before she retired to lead a childrens' advocacy group. So far, only one GOP challenger appears committed to the race, newcomer Mohan Manian, another Green Oaks resident. Sugrue would appear to have a strong advantage simply based on name recognition from his previous bid, as well as the backing of a number of local conservative and faith-based groups.
Meanwhile, on the Dem side of the 59th District race, it looks like a primary battle is shaping up between newly appointed State Rep. Carol Sente and Buffalo Grove Mayor Elliot Hartstein. It'll be interesting if the Dem power brokers try to fend off a primary and cut Hartstein out of the race. I like the prospect of a Hartstein win over Sente in the primary, which would leave a lame-duck appointee in the seat while Hartstein has to campaign as a non-incumbent, which would put him on equal footing with Sugrue.
I haven't much lately about whether Buffalo Grove trustee Lisa Stone is still thinking about the race, or under which party banner she would chose to run if she did, but it seems her political career is a bit clouded right now, as two of her fellow Buffalo Grove trustees are pushing for a recall amendment as a direct result of Stone's actions as a trustee. That kind of press can't be good for someone who wants to move up politically, but perhaps the Buffalo Grove board would be pleased to see her move on and up if they are so upset they are pushing a recall. If Stone jumps in the race as a Dem, that might open things up even more on that side of the race, leaving a Sente tenure possibly very short-lived.
Stone is defending herself, as she told the Daily Herald:
Stone said Thursday there was "no question" that the ordinance is aimed at her, calling it a "desperate and pathetic" attempt to undermine the will of the voters.
"I have shined a light in areas they don't want to be seen - so they're trying to move me out of the way," Stone said. "I'm the individual in government that's willing to stand up and tell the truth, and that's not real popular on that government board."
I'm not too familiar with the local politics in BG- anyone want to shed any light on what's going on here?