ROCKFORD (WREX) - Jennifer Cacciapaglia has decided to drop her bid for Illinois' 34th District Senate seat.
13 News was first to tell you about Cacciapaglia dropping out of the November election race against incumbent Senator Dave Syverson.
Cacciapaglia released the following statement explaining her decision:
"It is with heavy heart that I announce I am withdrawing my candidacy for State Senate. I am honored and so very appreciative for the outpouring of support that my candidacy received and the countless hours so many volunteers donated to help me. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. People who know me know that I am not one to walk away from a fight, but this is the right decision for me and my family.
We have serious problems in our community. We have watched industries leave and jobs disappear. We have seen other cities receive the help they need from the state while we have gone without. The people of our community deserve better, and although I will not be the candidate, I look forward to November, when I hope we will finally have leadership in place working toward no other purpose than the betterment of our wonderful community and all of our citizens. For my part, I will continue to strive toward that end, always."
Democratic Party Chairman Dan Lewandowski says a three person commission has been formed to name Cacciapaglia's replacement.
Democrats who live in the 34th District and would like to be considered to fill the vacancy may send a cover letter outlining their involvement with the Democratic Party and why they are qualified to be a candidate long with their resume to Chairman Dan Lewandowski, 695 North Perryville Road, Suite 4, Rockford, Illinois, 61107, or call (815) 399-1703.
Applications will be accepted from Wednesday through April 7 at 5:00 p.m.
Marla Wilson, who defeated Paul Williams in the democratic race for the 68th Senate Representative spot in February, says she is considering a move to take on Syverson instead of Dave Winters in the November election.
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