Our Candidates

Meet the democratic candidates running in the upcoming 2022 election.




United States Senate

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17th Congressional District

I was born and raised in Rockford. Being outside has always been important to my family, and some of my earliest memories are floating down the Kishwaukee River (a tradition we continue today). My grandparents were active in my life. With both my grandpas having served in WWII, they instilled in me the value of service.

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Growing up, I was terrified of storms. But my local weatherman, “TV Eric,”  explained what was happening, and helped me feel safe during them. From a young age I knew that I wanted to be “TV Eric,” and at age 27 that dream came true when I became the Chief Meteorologist at WREX in Rockford. Paying it forward, I started Project Tornado, an initiative that brings meteorologists into schools to help kids feel safer during severe weather, educating 50,000 students. After 11 years working in Rockford, I moved to Moline and spent seven years delivering weather to the Quad Cities.




34th State Senate District

Steve Stadelman is an award-winning TV news anchor and father of four who ran for a seat in the Illinois Senate because his experiences as a journalist and parent convinced him of the need for fresh, common-sense representation in Springfield.

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Citizens in the Rockford-based 34th District elected him with 64 percent of the vote in 2012, and his public policy achievements have twice since earned him recognition as Legislator of the Year. In his freshman year, Stadelman passed a bill to upgrade local youth sports facilities after first resolving a longstanding disagreement between the Rockford Park District and local union leaders over responsible bidding practices. Subsequent efforts protected consumers, patients, abuse victims and students. In 2019, Stadelman prevailed on two key economic initiatives that had been stalled for years: He co-sponsored and helped pass legislation to allow a casino in Rockford and secured $275 million toward development of passenger rail between Chicago and Rockford.

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67th State House District

Maurice A. West II has a B.S. in psychology and sociology from Illinois College and a M.A. from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in industrial and organizational psychology. 

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He is an expert in career and workforce development having worked at Rockford University as the Director of Career Development for five years and Rock Valley College as a Career Counselor for the Dislocated Workers Program for over three years.  He is a product of the Rockford Public Schools having graduated from Jefferson High. He is active in his community, founder of Share the Warmth-Rockford, and an ordained minister in his church. He is also an award-winning music composer and founder of TheWESTMelodies.  A month before being sworn-in for his first term, Maurice married his beautiful bride, Leslie.



68th State House District

Dave Vella is a local attorney who is running for State Representative in the 68th District, which includes all or part of Loves Park, Machesney Park, Rockford, and Roscoe.

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Mr. Vella’s family has a long history of public service and community engagement. Dave, his wife Michelle, and their two children live in Rockford, where Mr. Vella is the managing partner of Vella & Lund, PC and a Rockford Township Trustee. He also has served on numerous community boards, including the Literacy Council and Keith Country Day School. Dave’s grandfather, E.J. “Zeke” Giorgi, served the Rockford area as State Representative for almost 30 years. Dave is focusing his campaign on working people, meaning he wants to bring good-paying jobs to the Rockford area, ensure schools have enough resources, and reduce crime. You can read more about Dave’s positions at his website.


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County Coroner

Tony Gasparini is a strong advocate for justice, and will make sure that every case is thoroughly investigated. He is also committed to educating the public about the role of the coroner, and he will work tirelessly to improve the experience of families who are dealing with a death. Tony Gasparini is the best choice for Winnebago County Coroner. 

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He has the experience and dedication that the people of Winnebago County need.With the experience and dedication that the county needs – Tony Gasparini is the change we need and the right choice for Winnebago County Coroner. 

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County Board District 13 

I am very qualified for this position to help bring Winnebago County forward into the next decade. 

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I currently serve on the following committees: Winnebago County Health Department Board, Zoning and Planning, Policy and Personnel, Safety and I Chair the River Bluff Advisory Committee.  I have been an advocate for mental and Behavioral health for adolescents and all others for a healthier community. An advocate for economic development by educating a strong workforce. Knowledge of Community. Work with all Elected Officials.  Committed to voters to be Professional, Responsible, Ethical and Positive.



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County Board District 19