(AP) – The race to become Illinois’ next chief legal officer is off to a furious start after Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s sudden announcement that she wouldn’t seek a fifth term.
A Republican former Miss America’s campaign has been reinvigorated. Two Democratic state lawmakers have stepped forward. And so many others are contemplating runs that news outlets are posting online trackers of who’s in and out.
The competition for the only open race for statewide office next year means there could be a crowded primary ballot, particularly on the Democratic side.
Republican Erika Harold declared her candidacy last month and has touted 45 GOP endorsements since Madigan’s announcement. On the Democratic side, state Sen. Kwame Raoul and state Rep. Scott Drury have said they’re seeking their party’s nomination in the 2018 primary.