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Will County GOP files for four candidates to run in general election

The Will County Republican party filed this week for four candidates to run for county positions in the general election.

Monday was the deadline for parties to fill ballot spots in which they did not field a candidate for the primary election, according to Illinois State Board of Elections spokesman Matt Dietrich.

Attorney Ricardo Muñoz, of Plainfield, is running for Will County State's Attorney against incumbent Democrat James Glasgow.

Anthony Granata, of Frankfort, is running for Will County Circuit Clerk against incumbent Democrat Andrea Lynn Chasteen.

James Buiter, of Crete, is running for Will County Auditor against incumbent Democrat Duffy Blackburn.

Raquel Mitchel, of Bolingbrook, is running for a seat on the Will County Board representing District 3. Democrats Margaret Tyson and Joel Brown will also appear on the November ballot.

George Pearson, the Will County Republican party chair, said the party unanimously backed the candidates' nominations to run in November for the open positions. Pearson had previously said he would work to have Republicans challenge as many Democratic incumbents as possible so as not to essentially concede races to them.

"It's the only way to win is by having a team on the field," he said.

Still, at least one of the candidates might face a hurdle to remain on the ballot in November.

Bill Thoman, the chair of the Will County Democrats, said his team is exploring options to object to Muñoz's candidacy based on his eligibility to run as a Republican in this cycle. He said Muñoz pulled a Democratic ballot in the March primary election this year, which could make him ineligible to run as a Republican.

While Pearson confirmed Muñoz pulled a Democratic ballot in the March primary, he said he was confident he was eligible to run as a Republican in this cycle. Pearson argued the law only applies to individuals who run as a member of one party after voting for the other party in the primary that same cycle. But since the party filed for Muñoz to be a candidate, Pearson said, he's eligible.

Dietrich said while state law does apply to individuals running as a candidate for an established party, it does appear to permit parties to slot candidates on the ballot, even if those candidates had voted for the other party in the same cycle.

Muñoz has said he wants to run against Glasgow because he had not stood up to Gov. JB Pritzker's stay-at-home order.

Muñoz could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.

The general election is set for Nov. 3.

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