After Monday’s filing deadline for partisan candidates in city elections, there are three contested primary races in for aldermanic seats in Quincy in the 5th Ward, 6th Ward and 7th Ward.
In the 5th Ward, Republican incumbent Jennifer Lepper will face off against challenger Steve Kennedy. Democrats Susan M. Peters and Steven DeMoss will face off in the 6th Ward, and Democrat Gordon Bold will face incumbent Rich Reis in the 7th Ward.
This is a change from the city elections in 2009, when there was only challenge for City Council races was Lee Mueller challenging Dave Bauer in the 2nd Ward Democrat primary. Bauer won the primary and won re-election against Republican William “Bill” Hrudicka. The only other primary race was for the Republican spot for mayor, with Dave Bellis slamming Roger Davis at the polls.
Of the three primary races, the 6th and 7th wards currently have an opponent for the April general election — Republican Jim Musolino in the 6th Ward and Terri Heinecke in the 7th Ward.
The only other contested race for the April election is the 1st Ward where Republican Glenda “LeXze” Mann is challenging Democrat Ben Bumbry.
It will be interesting to see if the parties slate someone in the open races, but that won’t happen until after the February election.