The 75th District's new State Representative is Kendall County Sheriff's Deputy John Anthony.
The Republican Central Committee Chairmen from Grundy, Kendall, Will and La Salle counties chose Anthony from among nine candidates who interviewed for the position Monday night. The interviews took seven hours.
“The decision was a challenging one for the committee because of the depth of talent of all the applicants,” said Grundy Committee Chairman Michael Mattingly in a press release. “While we are all going to miss Pam Roth a great deal, we have no doubt that John Anthony will continue her efforts in Springfield and represent the constituents of the 75th District with integrity and zeal.”
Anthony lives in Plainfield and has served as a Kendall County Sheriff’s Deputy since 2008. He was previously an officer on the Champaign Police Department.
He and his wife, Deborah, also currently manage a non‐for‐profit charity, the YARN Foundation, to help area children and their families with scholarships and educational programs.
Anthony stated he and his family are excited about this new opportunity and thanked the committee members for their trust and support, according to the press release.
Just before 10 p.m., when it appeared Anthony was going to be chosen, then-state Rep. Roth, R-Morris, had to give her official resignation. While walking to the room to get her resignation letter, she said on Tuesday, it felt like the hall was a mile long.
"It was tough. I started crying, but it's the right thing to do for my family and I feel I have left it in capable hands," said Roth.
Roth resigned to move to Texas, where her husband received a job opportunity.
Roth was 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.
Roth said she knows residents of Grundy were hoping for another Grundy County representative.
"But I don't represent Grundy County. I represent the 75th District and, to me, we needed the best candidate from the 75th District and he is the best candidate from the 75th District," said Roth.
The chairpersons of the district's counties’ Republican Central Committees voted on the replacement in balloting weighted based on which county had the highest percentage of voters in the last election, which was Grundy.
The appointment committee included Mattingly, Will County Republican Chairman Ed Ronkowski, Kendall County Republican Chairman Scott Gryder and La Salle County Chairwoman Susan Thornton. They unanimously selected Anthony for the job.
Roth, Rezin and representatives from the Illinois House Republican Organization were also present during the interviews.
The date for the official swearing in of Anthony has not yet been released. Constituent services will still be offered through Roth’s current office and staff can be contacted at (815) 416‐1475 or by email at email@example.com. Contact information for the new State Representative will be released after the official swearing in.
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