November 6th, 2018

General Election

Candidates Found Most Qualified by the Sangamon County Republicans


Bruce Rauner - Governor 

Evenlyn Sanguinetti - Lt. Governor

Rodney Davis - U.S. Representative - 13th Dist.

Darin LaHood - U.S Representative - 18th Dist.

Erika Harold - Attorney General

Jason Helland - Secretary of State

Jim Dodge - State Treasurer

Darlene Senger - State Comptroller

Bill Brady - State Senator 44th Dist.

Seth McMillan - State Senator 48th Dist.

Steve McClure - State Senator 50th Dist.

Tim Butler - State Representative - 87th Dist.

Herman Senor - State Representative - 96th Dist.

Mike Murphy - State Representative - 99th Dist.

C.D. Davidsmeyer - State Representative - 100th Dist.

Don Gray - Sangamon County Clerk

Jack Campbell - Sangamon County Sheriff

Joe Aiello - Sangamon County Treasurer

Jeff Vose - Regional Supt. of Schools


Thomas M. Harris, Jr.  - Judge of Appellate Court - 4th District

(Filling Justice Carol Pope's Vacancy)

Pete Cavanagh - Judge of Appellate Court - 4th District

(Filling Justice Thomas Appleton's Vacancy)


Todd Smith - County Board 2

David Mendenhall - County Board 3

Pam Deppe - County Board 5

Sam Snell - County Board 6

Lori Williams - County Board 8

Tom Madonia, Jr. - County Board 9

Tim Krell - County Board 15

Greg Stumpf - County Board 16

Mike Ketchum - County Board 22

Andy Van Meter - County Board 24

Abe Forsyth - County Board 27

Cathy Scaife - County Board 29

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Bruce Rauner


Governor  Rauner was  born and raised  in Illinois. A self-made  businessman, he is truly committed  to turning around Illinois by creating  a more prosperous state where everyone has  the opportunity to succeed.

His first job was flipping burgers and his second job was parking cars. He graduated from Dartmouth College with top honors and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University. He began his professional career at the startup investment firm of Golder, Thoma, Cressey (later GTCR). As one of its earliest partners, he helped build the  firm into one of the most successful and respected businesses  in Illinois. GTCR has been trusted for decades to oversee the retirement investments of first responders, teachers and other Illinois workers. He created  tremendous returns for GTCR – more than doubling the stock market’s performance –  while providing exceptional value for taxpayers.

He has also reinvested his  business success  back into the state  through support of education, local hospitals and community organizations. He has been a key supporter of projects such as Chicago’s  new Red Cross regional headquarters, the YMCA in Little Village, Illinois, charter high schools and scholarship programs for disadvantaged students. He has served on the boards of numerous civic organizations including  The Noble Network of Charter Schools, World Business Chicago and the University of  Illinois Chancellor’s Strategic Advisory Board.

He  is the  proud father  of six children  – two boys and four  girls. His wife Diana is the love of his life. Together,  they have devoted a tremendous amount  of personal time and resources to philanthropic and community causes across the state and nation. Their mission  is to improve education across Illinois. Diana is the president  of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a non-profit dedicated to providing  all children access to quality care and education throughout their first  five years of life.

Website: www.brucerauner.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BruceRauner

Evelyn Sanguinetti

Lt. Governor 

Evelyn is proud to serve the residents of the State of Illinois as their 47th Lieutenant Governor. She is a wife, working mother of three and an attorney by trade. She was formerly an adjunct professor of law and a Wheaton City Councilwoman.

Evelyn was born to teenage parents in Hialeah, a neighborhood outside of Miami, FL. Her mother was a Cuban refugee and her father was an Ecuadorian immigrant. Growing up, Evelyn developed a love for the arts. She learned how to play the piano at a local community center and was accepted into the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. This educational opportunity allowed her to pursue a college education at Florida International University.

Following graduation, Evelyn moved to Chicago to attend The John Marshall Law School where she developed an understanding and passion for the law and for Illinois. Evelyn soon joined the office of Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan as an Assistant Attorney General, where she fought to protect the people of the State of Illinois. She proceeded to run for, and win, an election to the Wheaton City Council on a platform of delivering efficient, streamlined government.

As Lt. Governor of Illinois, Evelyn is committed to fighting for all Illinois residents. She will apply the same passion to her new role that has propelled her throughout her life, from humble beginnings to becoming Illinois' first Latina Lieutenant Governor.

Website: www.illinois.gov/ltg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LtGovEvelyn

Rodney Davis

U.S. Representative - 13th Dist.

Rodney Davis is currently in his third term in Congress serving the 13th District of Illinois, a 14-county district covering both urban and rural areas of Central and Southwestern Illinois. Prior to being elected, Rodney served as Projects Director for Congressman John Shimkus (IL-15) for 16 years, helping Illinois citizens and communities cut through government red tape and secure federal funding.  Growing up, Rodney worked in his parents’ restaurant where he saw, first-hand, the daily challenges faced by small business owners. This experience continues to inspire him today as he listens to the needs of his constituents.
For the 115th Congress, Rodney serves on the House Agriculture Committee, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Committee on House Administration.  He serves as the Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research and is Vice Chair of the Committee on House Administration. Additionally, Rodney serves as Chair of the Franking Commission.
Rodney resides in Taylorville with his wife, Shannon, and their three children, Toryn, Clark, and Griffin. 

Website: https://rodneydavis.house.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepRodneyDavis

Darin LaHood

U.S Representative - 18th Dist.

Congressman Darin LaHood, born and raised in Peoria, serves the constituents of the 18th District of Illinois. Sworn into the US House of Representatives on September 17, 2015, LaHood quickly transitioned into office after winning a special-election on September 10.

The 18th district spans 19 counties across central and west-central Illinois, including the cities of Peoria, Bloomington-Normal, Springfield, Jacksonville, Quincy, and Macomb. LaHood serves close to 710,000 constituents.

Prior to his election to Congress, LaHood served four years in the Illinois State Senate, beginning in 2011. LaHood spent more than nine years as a State and Federal Prosecutor. From 2001-2006, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County and Tazewell County. From 2006 until his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Darin practiced law with the Peoria firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs.

Congressman LaHood and his wife Kristen currently reside in Dunlap and are the proud parents of three sons, McKay, Lucas, and Teddy.

Website: https://lahood.house.gov/about

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaHoodDarin

Erika Harold

Attorney General

Erika was born and raised in Urbana, Illinois. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Chancellor’s Scholar from the University of Illinois. In 2003, Erika won the Miss America competition which provided scholarship money to pay for Harvard Law School.  It also allowed her to travel the county on her platform to combat youth bullying.

Upon graduating from Harvard Law School, Erika worked as an attorney in Chicago in the litigation groups of Sidley Austin LLP and Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Erika represented businesses in commercial disputes and advised religious institutions in matters involving First Amendment protections. Erika serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Equality and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Erika also serves on the national board of directors of Prison Fellowship, the world’s largest outreach to prisoners and their families, where she advocates for criminal justice reform and engages in prison ministry. Additionally, Erika is a member of Trinity International University’s Board of Regents. Erika currently works as an attorney at Meyer Capel, one of Champaign County’s largest law firms.

Website: https://erikaharold.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ErikaForIL/

Jason Helland

Secretary of State

Jason Helland was raised in Grundy County where he has spent much of his life. He grew up on a farm and graduated from Milton Pope Elementary in 1990 as the class valedictorian. In 1996, Jason graduated from Joliet Junior College where he earned an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of St. Francis with a B.A. in Political Science. He was named Outstanding Political Science Student of the Year for 1997-1998.

Jason went on to attend the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a juris doctor degree. Jason began his legal career serving as Assistant State’s Attorney at the Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Offices for over 8 years. He was elected Grundy County State’s Attorney in November 2012. He has worked as a career prosecutor with Grundy County while increasing efficiency measures and delivering justice, working with victims, creating both mental health and veterans’ courts. He has worked to highlight the heroin epidemic and has taken substantial measures to educate and protect the residents.
Jason is married to his best friend and wonderful wife Sara and adores his biggest fan, young daughter Harper.

Website: https://jasonhelland.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectHelland/

Jim Dodge

State Treasurer

Jim, who currently serves as  an  Orland  Park  Trustee,  is  a  rare  combination  of  private  sector  executive  with  decades  of  elected  public  service.  He  is  an  innovator  and  has  always  pushed  to  make  government  more  efficient  to  better serve  people .  Jim  is  a  lifelong  Illinoisan,  a  veteran,  a  family  man  and  a  committed  conservative.  

Jim is a rare combination of private sector executive with decades of elected public service. He is an innovator and has always pushed to make government more efficient to better serve people.  Jim is a lifelong Illinoisan, a veteran, a family man and a committed conservative.

Jim has been a director on the Metra board since 2004, where he worked on the $1 billion transit agency’s website to make it more user-friendly.

Dodge graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from DePaul University’s Honors Program.  He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago with concentrations in Finance and Economics. The former Illinois National Guard Sergeant is currently a vice president of a $4 billion global marketing information company, which provides information technology consulting to Fortune 500 companies.

Jim’s  mother  was  an  immigrant  from  Ireland  who  came  to  America  in  1949  at  a  very  young  age  with  barely  the  clothes  on  her  back.  Jim’s  father  was  the  son  of  German  immigrants  who  came  to  America  looking  for  a  better  life. Jim  grew  up  on  the  southwest  side  of  Chicago,  in  the  Brighton  Park  neighborhood.  He  graduated  from  Kelly  High  School  in  1980  and  then  worked  his  way  through  DePaul  while  working  at  the  local  White  Castle.  After  graduating  from  DePaul,  he  began  his  corporate  career,  moved  to  the  suburbs,  and  worked  to  earn  an  MBA  from  the  University  of  Chicago.   

Website: https://jasonhelland.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectHelland/

Darlene Senger

State Comptroller

Darlene was a member of the Naperville City Council where she served from 2002 –2008 and was a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives from January 2009 until January 2015. She was recently the chief financial officer for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Darlene also served as Deputy Chief for the Legislative Affairs for Governor Rauner. Senger is a licensed financial and investment advisor with an MBA from DePaul University. She received an undergraduate degree from Purdue University.

Website: https://darlenesenger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarleneSenger/

Bill Brady 

State Senate 44th Dist.

As a husband, father, businessman, legislator and candidate, Bill Brady has always stood by his principles, which are rooted in the values of family, community, and public service.  He believes in Illinois and a future of greater prosperity and opportunity for its citizens.

Bill Brady has served a large portion of Central Illinois in both the Illinois House and Senate.  In 2017, he was elected Senate Minority Leader by his colleagues.  Winning 98 of the state's 102 counties, Bill was also the 2010 Republican nominee for Governor.  Illinois has showed it is ready for new leadership and direction, and Bill is ready to help lead in that challenge.

Bill and Nancy have been married for more than 30 years and have raised three children.  Daughter Katie and her husband Matt live in Chicago where she is a pediatric heart nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital.  Son Will is an attorney in Washington D.C. and a first lieutenant in the Illinois Army National Guard.  Duncan, a 2015 college graduate, is working in Dallas. Bill and Nancy also have three grandchildren.

Website: http://www.bradyforillinois.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BillBradyIL/

Seth McMillan

State Senator 48th Dist.

Seth  McMillan  isn’t  afraid  of  hard  work.  In  fact,  he’s  more  comfortable  with  his  hands  in  the  dirt  than  in  a  suit  and  tie.  He  graduated  from  Taylorville  High  School  and  Southern  Illinois  University  in  Carbondale.  Seth  made  it  his  mission  to  give  back  to  his  community,  and  decided  to  return  home  to  Christian  County.   

Seth knows  small  businesses  are  the  key  to  the  economy.   He  started  his  own  landscaping  business,  McMillan  Landscape  Company,  which  has  grown  to be  one  of  the  largest  independent  landscaping  businesses  in  central  Illinois.  He  employs  more  than  a  dozen  people . 

Seth  served  on  the  Taylorville  School  Board  and  is  Christian  County  Republican  Party  Chairman.  He  is  a  member  of  the  First  United  Methodist  Church  of  Taylorville  and  active  in  the  Taylorville  Optimists  Club,  Taylorville  FFA  Alumni  and  the  Christian  County  NRA  affiliate.  Seth  and  his  wife,  Mellisa  live  in  rural  Taylorville  with  their  two  children. 

Website: https://www.sethmcmillan.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/mcmillan4senate/

Steve McClure

State Senator 50th Dist.

Steve McClure served the public for nearly six years as an assistant state’s attorney in Sangamon  County. He is a conservative Republican who supports traditional family values, the Second  Amendment  and  fiscal  responsibility.   

Steve  wants  to  bring  his  conservative  principles  to  state  government  to  create  an  environment  that  allows  businesses  to  prosper  and  to  turn  our  state  around.  Throughout  his  life,  Steve  has  been  dedicated  to  Republican  causes  and  involved  with  many  local  and  national  campaigns. 

He  resigned  his  position  at  the  state’s  attorney’s  office  to  run  for  the  Illinois  State  Senate.

Website: http://mcclureforsenate.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectMcClure/

Tim Butler 

State Representative 87th Dist.

Representative Tim Butler (R-Springfield) joined the Illinois House of Representatives on March 3, 2015, replacing former Representative Rich Brauer. Tim is a native of Peoria and is the fourth great-grandson of Lewis Barker, who served as a State Senator from Pope County during the first four Illinois General Assemblies. Tim is the youngest of seven children and his parents owned a small manufacturing business.

Tim brings to the House more than 20 years of public service working for the people of Central Illinois. He has served as District Chief of Staff for both Congressman Rodney Davis and former Congressman Ray LaHood. He also served as the director of marketing for St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. Butler began his professional career working on Capitol Hill for over three years.

Butler has been an active community volunteer for many years. He is the co-chairman of the Illinois Bicentennial Commission.  He also serves on the boards of directors for Downtown Springfield, Inc. and the Dirksen Congressional Center.  Tim assists with the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, is a graduate of the Peoria Chamber of Commerce’s Community Leadership School and was in Peoria’s 1998 class of Forty Leaders Under 40.

For over a decade, Tim was involved with the Springfield Road Runners Club, serving as President and directing two of the largest races in Central Illinois: the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon and Abe’s Amble 10k. He is the 2007 recipient of the Rod Steele National Volunteer of the Year award from the Road Runners Club of America and is a 2011 inductee into the Springfield Road Runners Hall of Fame.

A 1990 graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, Tim has lived in Sangamon County since 1998 with his wife Wendy. He previously lived in Logan County for over three years and has family ties to Tazewell and Menard counties.

Website: http://www.timbutler.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RepTimButler/

Herman Senor

State Representative 96th Dist.

Herman  is  running  for  Illinois State  Representative  because  we  need  to  bring  businesses  and  residents  back  to  Illinois.  Illinois  families  are  struggling,  and  politicians  need to give  people  a  reason  to  stay.  As  your  voice  in  Springfield,  Herman  will  not  vote  for  Mike  Madigan.  He  will  work  to  lower  your  property  taxes  and  encourage  more  businesses  to  move  to  Central  Illinois. 

Herman  is  a United States Navy Veteran.  He serves as the  current  Alderman  in  Springfield’s  Ward  2 .  He  has  spent  the  past  25+  years  working  for  the  people  of  Illinois  at  the  Illinois  Department  of  Transportation.

Website: https://ballotpedia.org/Herman_Senor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Senorforthe96/

Mike Murphy

State Representative 99th Dist.

Mike Murphy is a longtime businessman who recently sold his local restaurant, Charlie  

Parker’s Diner. Mike will bring his many years of business experience and apply common  sense solutions to the state’s  problems. Mike will work hard to bring our state back to be the powerhouse it deserves to be. Mike has served his community in the past on  the school board and village board in Divernon  as well as serving Sangamon County as Chairman of  the Citizens Efficiency Commission.

Mike is also a veteran of the United States Army. Mike is looking forward to continuing his service to the people as your representative in the Illinois House for the 99th District.  Mike and his wife Cindy raised their two children in Divernon and now live in Springfield.

Website: https://mikemurphy99th.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikemurphy99th/

C.D. Davidsmeyer

State Representative 100th Dist.

Representative C.D. Davidsmeyer was born and raised in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he attended Jacksonville High School. He received his BA in Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following his graduation, Representative Davidsmeyer worked as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman John Shimkus in Washington, DC.

C.D. returned to his hometown of Jacksonville in 2006 to become Operations Manager of IRC Inc., a subsidiary of Illinois Road Contractors, Inc. In 2009, he became Vice President of IRC, where he continued his duties of Operations Manager, adding all budget responsibilities and financial decisions of the company.

Representative Davidsmeyer joined the Jacksonville City Council in 2008. He served as the Chairman of the Public Protection Committee and most recently served as Chair of the Finance Committee. During that time, he also served as an officer in the local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and Library Board. He was appointed to the Illinois House of Representatives in December 2012, and sworn in for a full term in the 98th General Assembly in January 2013.

Representative Davidsmeyer and his wife Kristen reside in Jacksonville, along with their two boys, Lennox (6) and Pax (4).

Website: http://www.cddavidsmeyer.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StateRepCDDavidsmeyer

Don Gray

Sangamon County Clerk

Don  Gray  brings  integrity  and  experience  to  the  County  Clerk’s  office.    Don’s  top  priority  is  the  fairness  and  protection  of  our  electoral  process  and  the  expansion  of  innovative  new  services  and  technology.    A  County  Clerk  Mobile  Unit  now routinely  travels  the  rural  areas  delivering  services  to  communities.    New  online  technology  allows  individuals  to  apply  for  a  marriage  license,  register  to  vote  and  request  and  a  ballot  by  mail via their own computer.    Always  focused  on  keeping  costs  down,  Don  works  hard  to  cross- train  employees,  streamline  operations  and  continually  update  services.  We  can  trust  Don  Gray  as  our  County  Clerk. 

Website: https://www.sangamoncountyclerk.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectDonGray

Jack Campbell 

Sangamon County Sheriff

Jack  Campbell will bring a level-headed approach to law  enforcement in Sangamon County. He rose up  through the ranks  during his 24-year Sheriff's Office career to become Undersheriff.   As Sheriff, Jack  will strive to give us the kind of accountability we expect from law enforcement.  He will also work to expand better collaboration between groups within the community.  Jack plans to modernize the Sheriff's Office so Sangamon County is addressing modern problems with modern solutions.  

Jack’s commitment to his community’s betterment has not been  limited to his service at  the Sheriff’s Office. He has  been an Illiopolis Township Trustee  since 2011, graduate of the Leadership  Springfield program, team member of the American  Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and coordinator of  the Illiopolis High School alumni basketball tournament.  To this day, he serves as a deacon at Illiopolis Christian Church, official timekeeper at Sangamon Valley High School football  games, a member of the Illiopolis Golf Tournament governing committee, and coordinator of the Illiopolis Santa’s Elves program.





Joe Aiello 

Sangamon County Treasurer

Joe  is  currently  employed  by  the  Illinois  Department  of  Public  Health,  managing  the  Division of Vital  Records.  Prior  to  his  current  position,  Joe  was  the  County  Clerk,  serving  as  the  chief  election  official  and  primary  record  keeper  for  Sangamon  County.  Joe's  record  of  service  also  includes  private  sector  work  with  Ameren/Cilco  and  Heartland  Credit  Union.  Joe's  leadership  and  experience  have  allowed  him  to  develop  and  deliver  customer  service  in  the  most  efficient,  effective  and  timely  manner. 

Joe  attended  Illinois  College  and  received  a  Bachelor  of  Science  Degree  in  Economics  and  Business  Administration.  Joe  and  Mary,  his  wife  of  27  years,  are  the  proud  parents  of  3  children,  Anne,  Lauren  and  Dominic.   

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ElectJoeAiello

Jeff Vose

Regional Supt. of Schools

Jeff Vose has been in the field of education for over 25 years.  He was a special education teacher in the Champaign School District, Alton School District, and Springfield School District.  He served as an administrator in the Springfield School District at Jefferson Middle School.  He was also the Division Administrator of Educational Programs at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and an Adjunct Professor for the Educational Leadership Program at University of Illinois in Springfield.
Jeff has been at the Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education for 13 years.  He has served as the grant coordinator, the Assistant Regional Superintendent, and was elected in November 2010 as the Regional Superintendent of Schools for Sangamon and Menard Counties.
Jeff was elected President of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) from 2015 to 2017. He is currently a member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force and past Chairman of the Illinois School Security and Standards Task Force. Jeff participated on Issues in Education, speaking on a variety of educational topics, as well as the School Safety & Security Symposium.
Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and Communication, from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana; Teacher Certification in Special Education from the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville; and a  Master of Arts, Educational Administration, from the University of Illinois in Springfield 

Website: https://www.roe51.org


Thomas M. Harris, Jr.

Judge of the Appellate Court 

4th Judicial District* (Filling Justice Carol Pope's Vacancy)

Justice  Thomas M.  Harris is a  candidate for the  4th District Appellate  Court. Justice Harris has  been serving on the Appellate  Court since January 2013, by assignment of the Illinois Supreme Court. Justice Harris  is a Lincoln native and graduate of the University  of Illinois and the University of Colorado Law School.

He was in private practice from 1988 to 2007, when he was  appointed Associate Judge. He was elected resident Circuit Judge  of Logan County in 2008, where he served until his assignment to the  Appellate Court in 2013.

*Both Judgeships are for the 4th District Appellate Court. When elected, BOTH candidates will serve Sangamon County as well as the 29 other  counties in the district: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Greene, Jersey, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie,  Piatt, Pike, Schuyler, Scott, Vermilion, and Woodford.

Pete Cavanagh

Judge of the Appellate Court

4th Judicial District* (Filling Justice Thomas Appleton's Vacancy)

Pete  C. Cavanagh  was born in Springfield,  Illinois. He received a B.S.  degree in history from Illinois State  University and a J.D. degree from the John  Marshall Law School. Prior to taking the bench,  Justice Cavanagh practiced law from 1997 to 2008 as  a general practitioner in Springfield.

Pete Cavanagh  served  at various  times as an  Assistant State’s  Attorney in Cook and Sangamon Counties and an  Assistant Public Defender in  Sangamon and Logan Counties. Justice  Cavanagh was appointed resident Circuit  Judge of the Seventh District by the Illinois  Supreme Court in 2008.He  was elected  and later retained  to that position prior  to being assigned to the Fourth District Appellate Court  in 2018. While serving as a Circuit  Judge, Cavanagh was instrumental in  the creation of Sangamon County’s Drug Treatment Court and presided over that court until his assignment  to the Appellate Court.
Justice Cavanagh is active in the  Sangamon County Bar Association and served as its President in  2010. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law and Government at MacMurray  College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He was also formerly elected to the Springfield  Park District and is a former Republican Precinct Committeeman.

*Both Judgeships are for the 4th District Appellate Court. When elected, BOTH candidates will serve Sangamon County as well as the 29 other  counties in the district: Adams, Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Clark, Coles, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Greene, Jersey, Livingston, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Mason, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Moultrie,  Piatt, Pike, Schuyler, Scott, Vermilion, and Woodford. 


Todd Smith

County Board 2

Since  being on  the County  Board, Todd has  served as Chairman of the Collective Bargaining  Committee. He also serves on the Community Resources, Court Services and Financing Committees. He is a past  member of both Building & Grounds and Emergency  Management Committees and previously oversaw the Workforce investment Office and the Workforce Investment Board. 

Todd and wife Leanne are lifelong residents of the Williamsville/Sherman area and have two children who graduated from that school system.

David Mendenhall 

County Board 3

Dave  is a lifelong  resident of the  rural Buffalo area. Dave chairs the Emergency Management/911 Committee and serves on the Road & Bridges and Public Health, Solid  Waste and Zoning Committees. He and Susan are parents of 5 children. 

He graduated from Illiopolis High School and attended Parkland Community College  and the University of Illinois, where he majored in Agriculture business and Animal Science. Currently, Dave is Director of Transportation and Safety for Bi-Petro.

Pam Deppe

County Board 5

Pam  is a  lifelong  resident of  Sangamon County and has lived in  Chatham for 31 years.  She is married to Allen  (Butch) Deppe and has two  grown children-DeLanee and Tom  (Jordyn).

Pam has been a member of the County Board since 2012 and serves on the Employee Services, Building & Grounds, Court Services, and Civil Liabilities committees for the Board. She has also served on the Building Code of Appeals Board and  the Village of Chatham Zoning Board.

Sam Snell 

County Board 6

“Serving  on the Sangamon  County Board has been  challenging, enlightening, and rewarding since you elected me to serve as your representative  in District 6. I have a real desire  to help make good decisions for the community  and the county.”

Sam is the Chairman of the Election  Oversight Committee and serves on the Civil Liabilities,  Liquor, and the Public Health, Solid Waste & Zoning Committees.    


Lori Williams

County Board 8

Lori  Williams  has served  on the Sangamon  County Board District  8 since March 2016 and  for 10 years as a Clearlake Township Trustee. She worked for the State of Illinois government for 14 years, was employed 9 years  at the Illinois Hospital Association and is  currently employed by SIU School of Medicine. Lori serves on  the Finance, OEM/911 and Road & Bridge Committees. She believes that healthy people and economies are key  to safe and successful communities.

Lori and husband Arlin Williams have lived in Spaulding for 24 years.

Tom Madonia, Jr. 

County Board 9

Tom  Madonia  and his wife  Katie have three children, Abby-16, Tommy-14, and Gracie-14. Tom is a lifelong  member of Little Flower parish, where  he is a member of the Men's Club and  has chaired the Little Flower Heritage Days  Festival for the past ten years.

Tom also has  organized a golf outing in memory of his dad, Tom Madonia Sr., since 2003, with all proceeds going to local  charities. Tom serves on the Election Oversight and Collective  Bargaining Committees.

Tim Krell

County Board 15

Tim  considers  it an honor  to serve on the  County Board. A life-long  resident, Tim’s family has  lived in District 15 since the  1800’s. Tim serves as vice-chair of the OEM/911 Committee and chair of the  Employee Services Committee; he also serves  on the Jail Committee.

Tim is committed to hold  the line on spending, strongly supports our law enforcement,  wants sound management of our tax dollars, and supports maintain  a balanced budget.

Greg Stumpf 

County Board 16

Greg is a conscientious senior leader on the Sangamon County Board and  represents Springfield’s North  End effectively. Greg has a broad  support of voters from both the Republicans  and Democrats in his district. He is known to  get the job done right the first time.
Greg serves on the Zoning Committee and the Civil Liabilities Committee.  He is also Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Greg  is honored  to represent  you!

Mike Ketchum

County Board 22

He has been a member of  Blessed Sacrament  Parish his entire life. He attended Blessed Sacrament  Grade School from K-8th grade,  Griffin High School class of 1982,  Springfield College in Illinois (A.A.  1984) and Illinois College (B.A. Business  Administration) class of 1986. Mike worked for  20 years in the retail grocery business (National  Supermarket) and worked his way up to Head Grocery Manager.  In 1995, Mike took a sales representative position for TMI Environmental Laboratory and still worked part-time for National Supermarket. In 1998, he began working for his brother at Ketchum and Eves, Inc. as an Environmental  Technician.

Andy Van Meter

County Board 24

Andy Van Meter has been Chairman  of the Sangamon County Board since 2000. During his tenure as County Board Chairman,  the county has managed to balance its  budget each year without raising taxes.   

Andy is a graduate of Springfield High School, Princeton University and Stanford Law School. “At the county, we work to keep service levels high and taxes low. We’re proud to be a quiet government that works.”

Abe Forsyth

County Board 27

Abe  has served  on the Sangamon  County Board since  2000. He served as a  member of the Navy Reserves  and then as an active duty member  of the Navy. He has been an independent  businessman and concrete contractor for 66  years. Abe is married to Evelyn and they have  two grown daughters and two granddaughters. He  serves on the Court Services, Public Health, Safety  & Zoning, Election Oversight, and Liquor Committees. 

Abe is also a member of the Insurance Board of Managers. He continues to work for fiscal responsibility in the county.   

Cathy Scaife

County Board 29

Cathy  Scaife is  honored to serve  the people of the 29th District as their  representative in county government  with a total of 15 years of experience  as a board member. She has dedicated many  years of public service to the community, having  served on the Curran Township Board as a Trustee  and the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition Auditorium  Authority Board as a member. Cathy also served on the Workforce  Investment Board and several ad hoc committees. She currently  serves on the Finance, Election Oversight and Liquor Committees.  

Cathy and her husband Rick have been married for 36 years and are  the proud parents of two grown children.  They are members of Christ the  King Parish. Cathy is a full-time employee of the Illinois Senate Republican  Staff.