As we first reported here a bit ago, several fresh faces are being attacted to the upcoming race for the 59th Legislative District, now that State Rep. Kathy Ryg has announced she's moving on. One of those faces we mentioned was Buffalo Grove Trustee Lisa Stone. Though I didn't want to mention it at the time, Stone had met with the House Republican Organization (HRO) about a potential run for the seat. That has now been confirmed by the Daily Herald, but the article implies that Stone has not made up her mind as to whether she might run as a Democrat or a Republican.
When we looked at Stone last, we said:
Stone is known as a feisty activist, whom Hartstein has called a "smart, independent thinker," who is "tenacious" and "relentless." Look here for Stone's village trustee website, which is pretty darn impressive for a local candidate. State Rep. Sid Mathias and County Board Member David Stolman were Stone's honorary campaign chairmen and resoundingly endorsed her candidacy for trustee. [snip]
The question, though, is whether Stone would run as a Republican or a Democrat. TA hears from a very reliable source that Stone is considering running under the GOP banner, although her voting record suggests a Dem voting history. Given the likelihood that Hartstein will get the nod from Terry Link, and has said he will run regardless, Stone would have a decent chance of having to battle her mayor in either the Dem primary or the general election, should she and Hartstein win the respective nominations of the two parties. On the other hand, maybe this would be an opening for Stone to take over as mayor of Buffalo Grove, but I don't have much of a handle on the local scene down there, so I don't really know if that's where this may be headed.
The Daily Herald didn't have much to add, except that Stone confirmed her meeting with HRO but still hasn't made up her mind on party affiliation. Wonder what David Stolman and Sid Mathias are going to do if Stone goes Dem?
Meanwhile, GOP contenders Dan Sugrue and Mohan Manian are still going full speed ahead with their campaigns and will meet in the February primary. Others are likely to follow, and people have talked about Mark Peterson (son of former State Senator Bill Peterson), and even Roger Byrne, Mayor of Vernon Hills (who was defeated by Ryg by little more than 100 votes in her first bid for the seat), but no others have officially announced.
MEANWHILE IN THE 10TH: Former Mount Prospect mayoral candidate Patricia Bird apparently has given up on the 10th District Congressional Race to success Congressman Mark Kirk, who is running for U.S. Senate. Considering she couldn't even win a local contest, no one I know took her seriously anyway, so life goes on.