McDermed Announces Run for State Rep

McDermed Announces Run for State Rep

from the Mokena Messenger

October 04, 2013 | 09:43 AM

Just days after State Rep. Renée Kosel announced her plans to retire from public office following the end of her term in January 2015 serving the Illinois’ 37th State Senate District, a Will County Board member was the first to announce her candidacy for the soon-to-be-available seat.

Margo McDermed (R-Mokena), who serves the 12th District in her county office, announced via press release Thursday, Oct. 3, her intention to run for the state position in the 37th District, which includes all or portions of Homer Glen, Lockport, Frankfort, Mokena, Orland Park, Tinley Park and New Lenox.

She said she made the decision after working with Kosel on her campaigns and recognizing the “importance” of the position she holds but is soon to relinquish.

“I have the time and I have the experience to do the job,” McDermed said.

McDermed, who was previously elected Frankfort Township trustee and then clerk before winning her position on the Will County Board, spent 30 years prior to her political career as a business manager. She said she was pleasantly surprised when she got involved in politics.

“I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would being a legislator,” she said, going so far as to call meeting with constituents and reading drafts of legislation “fun.” “You have to be patient to work in government. There’s no good reason to think I can’t do the same at the State level.”

McDermed said she thinks the most important issues facing the 37th District are the same as those facing the State — the well-being of its people and jobs.

“We need to make Illinois a place that’s really attractive to families,” she said. “I’m really concerned that young people coming up don’t have the same opportunities I had.”

She said attracting good business is the key to making that happen.

McDermed said though she quickly announced her bid for the seat she had mixed feelings on Kosel’s decision to retire.

“I’ve known Renée and worked on her campaigns,” McDermed said. “I’ve supported her from the beginning.

“It was really sad. On the other hand, there’s a time for everything in life. It’s a different chapter for her; it’s going to be a new chapter for me.”

McDermed’s term with the Will County Board ends in 2016, and she would have to leave her position with the county if elected to State office.

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