Naperville residents went to the polls Tuesday to vote in primary races in three different Congressional districts.
One of the elections was pretty straightforward. In the Sixth Congressional District, the Democratic and Republican candidates were unopposed in the primary Tuesday, so Democrat Michael Mason of Naperville will face off against Republican incumbent Peter Roskam from Wheaton in November.
The races in the 11th and 14th districts were a little more active.
Naperville resident, former City Council member and current state Rep. Darlene Senger was trailing as the first returns came in, but by 8:30 p.m. had shrunk the earlier lead held by Will County Board member Chris Balkema for the nomination to take on Democrat Bill Foster to represent the 11th U.S. Congressional District. Naperville business owner Bert Miller maintained a steady third-place ranking, while Aurora business owner and radio talk show host Ian Bayne remained a distant fourth.
At 9:30 p.m., as The Sun went to press, Senger trailed Balkema by about 500 votes with the majority of DuPage County’s tallies not yet reported.
Democrat Dennis Anderson looks set to get another chance to square off against sitting U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren in the 14th Congressional District.
With 325 of 471 precincts reporting as of press time, Anderson was leading Democrat challenger John Hosta with 65 percent of the vote. Anderson had 3,023 to Hosta’s 1,604 votes as of 9 p.m. Tuesday, nearly doubling Hosta’s vote count.
Anderson ran against Hultgren on the Democratic ticket in 2012. The Democratic nominee for the 14th Congressional District spot will oppose Republican Hultgren later this year.
The two Democrats, retired Anderson of Gurnee, and Hosta, a small business owner from Spring Grove, clashed on a number of issues, including economic strategies, gun control laws and abortion.
Anderson said he will push for more jobs by fully funding the Small Business Administration, investing in the country’s “crumbling infrastructure.” He would also work with local employers to ensure that the skills they need from employees are taught in workforce development programs in schools.