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Lipinski to face Brannigan, independent candidate in November general election for 3rd District

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:33 p.m. CDT

LEMONT – Sharon Brannigan defeated Diane Harris in the Tuesday primary election to receive the Republican nomination for the 3rd District U.S. Representative seat.

Brannigan won by a healthy margin, garnering 62 percent of the vote, according to the Cook County Clerk website.

In the general election, she will run against five-term Democratic incumbent Dan Lipinski, who ran unopposed in his primary.

According to her campaign website, Brannigan is a Palos Township trustee and owns a flower shop in Orland Park.

Lockport resident Karen Johnson also announced her candidacy as an independent last week.

In a press release, Johnson, a paralegal for a law office, described herself as being to the left of Lipinski on issues such as abortion rights and support for the Affordable Care Act.

The 3rd Congressional District includes parts of Lemont, Romeoville, La Grange, Lyons and Countryside.

In the 82nd State Representative District, Republican Jim Durkin ran unopposed in the primary and will not see a Democratic challenger in the general election.

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