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Additional Democrat files for Nov. 4 ballot

GENEVA – One additional Democrat filed for the Nov. 4 general election ballot by the deadline, which was Monday, Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham said.

Martha Hanna of the 200 block of Evergreen Drive, Batavia, filed to run in the Kane County Board race for the 11th District. She will run against John Martin of Geneva, who won the Republican nomination in the March 18 primary.

Hanna lost to County Board member Mike Donahue, R-Geneva, in 2012. Donahue said he would not seek re-election this year.

Because no Democrat or third-party candidate filed to run for county clerk, Cunningham will seek a fourth term unopposed.

Mark Guethle, chairman of the Kane County Democratic Central Committee, said he tried to slate a candidate to run against Cunningham, but he could not find one who was willing.

"I worked it, but nobody wanted to run," Guethle said. "It's hard to get someone to run countywide. It's hard to get people to run for office. They do not want to do it or they do not have the time. ... I tried. It was not for lack of effort."

Guethle said Democrats were represented in other races.

"We have Democrats for County Board up for re-election," Guethle said. "We have a sheriff candidate, two congressional candidates and candidates for statewide races."

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