* We’re getting close to a dozen state legislators who’ve announced that they’re not running for reelection or who have already resigned…
State Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana, announced Tuesday night that she will not run for a seventh term in 2014.
And Michael Richards, a Champaign County Board member who managed Jakobsson’s last two campaigns, said he hopes to succeed her in the Illinois House. […]
Richards followed Jakobsson’s email with his own, saying that Jakobsson had asked him to run for the seat representing the 103rd District, which includes almost all of Champaign and Urbana.
“Representative Jakobsson has asked me to run for state representative,” said Richards, a county board member from Champaign and a legislative liaison to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. “Whomever wins this seat will have big shoes to fill.”
Other candidates in both parties are expected to announce as well.
There was a huge turnover in the first post remap election, but it appears that some legislators wanted to hold onto their respective seats for one more cycle before leaving.