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Will County executive the only county-wide candidate with a challenger

Will County Executive Larry Walsh will be the only candidate for a county-wide office to face a challenger in Tuesday’s primary.

Incumbent Walsh, a Democrat from Elwood, is facing a challenge from Joliet Democrat Leonard Thompson. The winner of the primary will run against Frankfort Republican Cory Singer, who also serves on the Will County Board and serves as the president of the Will County Forest Preserve District board.

Walsh, a two-term incumbent from Elwood, is seeking re-election as county executive. Prior to his time as county executive, he served eight years in the state Senate and 32 years as the Jackson Township Supervisor. Thompson has run for a County Board seat in the past and has experience with the Department of Corrections and as a counselor.

Several Will County Board members also will find themselves in contested primaries as the county board district lines change. Board members last year approved redistricting changes that create 13 districts with two members from each district. Currently, the board has 27 members from nine districts.

The newly-drawn District 7, which includes Homer Glen, has one of the most contested primaries for the board. Incumbent Kathleen Konicki faces five other Republicans for two spots on the November ballot.

Many Will County voters also will face questions about their electricity rates in Tuesday’s election.

Voters in unincorporated Will County and in 23 different communities will be asked if they support having communities working together to secure lower electricity rates. If approved, the Will County Board would then seek bids from electricity suppliers with the hopes of securing lower rates and passing on the savings to residents.

Residents would still have the ability to opt out of the program and the board would hold a minimum of two public hearings before making any changes. Tuesday’s referendum would provide the go-ahead for negotiations to begin.

Voters in Taft School District 90 also will decide a referendum seeking $3.2 million to improve the district’s lone school.

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