Rachel Ventura filed roughly 1,500 signatures at the Illinois State Board of Elections for the office of State Senate in Illinois’ 43rd District on Monday, March 7th. Ventura and her campaign were third in line to file petitions and participate in the political tradition of waiting through the cold night to be among the first to file their petitions and potentially earn a top ballot position.
The Illinois State Board of Elections uses a lottery system for any candidate who is in line by 8:00 AM on the first day of filing to determine which names will appear first on the ballot.
The 43rd Senate District includes Joliet, Bolingbrook, Lockport, Elwood and Channahon after the 2020 census-driven redistricting. Ventura announced her candidacy during the summer of 2021, shortly after Senator John Conner stated his intentions to run for judge.
Rachel Ventura is a current Democratic County Board Member representing the 9th District of Will County.
Many others filed their petitions yesterday for the June 28th primary, signaling the official start of the 2022 election season. Among them were Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker and four of his potential Republican opponents. The GOP candidates for governor include Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle also filed petitions for re-election.