12 Political Hopefuls Vie For Sen. Mike Frerichs’ Seat In The Legislature
When a legislator leaves his or her seat in the case of death resignation or winning a higher office local party officials get to choose who finishes out the term for whoever is picked it’s a good opportunity to step up the ladder without going through months of campaigning a pool of a dozen people from Champaign and vermilion counties have come forward wanting to finish out the remaining two years of fixed term twelve has more than a regular campaign would start out with on both sides of the aisle but since Frerichs is a Democrat this is a contest only for that party. Kat Redfield longtime State Government watch turned political scientist says he’s not surprised so many want to spot if there is not a clear cut person you know that kind of clears the field you know you’re all those people that are that are in business that doesn’t want to be senators will get to make their case tonight in champagne and party officials will make their decision next week. Al Klein chairman of the Champaign County Democrats so he’s not necessarily in any rush.
The legislators are sworn in on the fourteenth and there is a in organizational session that it would be nice for our senator to be present before although not critical.
This will be the first major appointment Klein will make as the county’s Party chair. I’m Hannah Meisel, Illinois Public Media.
Democratic party officials will be choosing a successor to State Sen. Mike Frerichs (D-52), who'll be sworn in as Illinois' next treasurer on Monday. The 12 people vying for the job spoke Wednesday night in Champaign.
Though Frerichs lives in Champaign, his replacement could come from Vermilion County, since the 52nd district stretches all the way east to the Indiana border.
Carol Ammons (D-Urbana), who'll soon be sworn into the General Assembly, says she hopes Frerichs' replacement will continue the senator's work for rural constituents outside of Champaign and Urbana.
"It is important for the person who does replace him to really understand the importance of really supporting Vermillion County, as well as Champaign," she said. "They really have to have a big heart like he did, and so I think if they do, they'll do well."
Frerichs' replacement is expected to be announced next week. The 99th General Assembly will be sworn in on Wednesday.
Listen to the candidates (in order they spoke on Wednesday):