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Republicans file to run for Cook County offices

In a region where Democrats tend to rule, five Republicans tossed their hats into the ring Monday for countywide office.

“We’re going to give them a run for their money,” said Lori Yokoyama, a 56-year-old Hyde Park attorney who is among the half-dozen Republicans who filed petitions to run for office in the Nov. 6 election. After losing her run for 4th Ward alderman in Chicago last year, she’s now mounting a bid to unseat incumbent Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, a Democrat.

Others on the GOP slate include Diane Shapiro, 55, an Uptown resident and retired Cook County adult probation investigator who is running against three-term incumbent Dorothy Brown for Circuit Court clerk; and Sherri Griffith, 48, a South Sider in marketing, running for Recorder of Deeds against state Rep. Karen Yarbrough.

Carl Segvich, 50, of Bridgeport and a GOP committeeman in the storied 11th Ward — where the Daley family continues to reign — is seeking a spot on the obscure board of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, which handles waste and drinking water. In fact, the late Mayor Daley’s grandson Patrick Daley Thompson was among the Democrats who won the March primary for the three seats up for grabs. Harold “Noonie” Ward, 50, of  the Roseland neighborhood, secured a spot on the ballot after running in the GOP primary for MWRD commissioner last March.

—Lisa Donovan

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