MORRIS — State Rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, is one step closer to retaining his seat as the representative of the 75th District.
Anthony defeated current Grundy County Board Chairman Ron Severson to win the Republican seat. In Grundy County, Anthony won the race with 2,276 votes versus Severson's 1,614 votes.
District-wide, Anthony had 5,812 votes and Severson had 3,750. The 75th District includes Grundy, Will, Kendall and LaSalle counties.
Anthony will face Democrat Martha Shugart of Morris in the Nov. 4 general election.
Anthony was appointed to be the 75th district's representative in August when previous representative Pam Roth, R-Morris, stepped down.
He began his career working as a law enforcement officer from 2005 to 2013 – one year as an officer with Champaign police and another eight years as a Kendall County Sheriff’s deputy.
He also worked as a case manager for more than three years at the Safer Foundation, a Chicago-based organization helping former inmates successfully reintegrate into society. Anthony and his wife currently run a community development foundation known as YARN based in Montgomery.
Severson, of Morris, began his career in public service in Kendall County where he served on the Sewer and Township boards. For the last 12 years, he has served on the Grundy County Board. He is currently the county board chairman and has been since 2010.