As the area Republican Central Committee reviews applications from individuals wishing to replace State Rep. Pam Roth when she resigns, area officials and community members said goodbye to Roth Monday.
A goodbye party was held Monday evening for Roth, R-Morris, as she gets ready to move to Texas. Roth earlier announced her intention to resign by the end of summer because her husband, Steve Roth, has received a job opportunity that is taking the family to the area of Houston, Texas.
“It’s all becoming a reality to me,” said Roth. “I’m excited, but also sad. Something you work so hard for and then you have to give it away. It’s tough and I hope that it’s someone who shares the same ideology as me and the same goals. It’s a lot tougher than I thought it would be.”
She has not yet set an exact date for her resignation.
Roth has been a representative for the 75th District for almost three years. She was selected at the end of 2010 to fill the two-year House term opening created after Sue Rezin, R-Morris, was appointed to replace State Senator Gary Dahl, who retired.
The 75th District includes parts of four counties: Grundy, Kendall, La Salle and Will. The chairpersons of the counties’ Republican Central Committees will do interviews with selected candidates and then will vote. The votes are weighted based on which county had the highest percentage of voters in the last election, which was Grundy.
“We will review the applications and determine which persons to interview,” said Michael Mattingly, Grundy committee chairman. “We will meet this week to review (the applications).”
The deadline to apply for the position was Aug. 9, and the committees received nine applications for the position, said Roth.
The goodbye reception for Roth was held at Chapin’s North Banquets inside the Quality Inn in Morris. People came throughout the evening to wish Roth luck in her new adventure.
“She’s been wonderful. You can always get a hold of her,” said Terry Kernc, Diamond mayor, at the reception. “With politics the way it is today, I think she’s done a wonderful job. I’m really sad to see her go.”
Minooka Village Administrator Dan Duffy said Roth has always been a supporter of the village of Minooka and easily approachable.
“She is willing to help in many facets,” he said.
He said his village had a an issue with sludge application and wanted to look for a way to amend the law to resolve the issue, so he called Roth. Rather than forming a new law, she was able to work with the parties and other municipalities to come up with a solution.
“She’s a good communicator and always worked to get things changed and we are really going to miss her,” said Duffy.
Senator Kirk Dillard came to wish Roth luck as well, and described her leaving as a big loss to the legislature.
“She is a fiscal hawk and expert, and she brings a perspective as a mother,” he said.