Harms will take name off ballot
WATSEKA — State Rep. Josh Harms, R-Watseka, intends to file paperwork this week to remove himself from the November ballot, citing a desire to return to teaching and be closer to his family.
"It has been an honor to serve in the Illinois General Assembly, but at this time it is my intention to return to the teaching for the upcoming school year — a move that will allow me to stay closer to my family," Harms said in a statement.
A longtime educator at Watseka Community High School, Harms initially won office in a four-way primary race to represent the newly drawn 106th District in 2012. The 106th District includes all of Iroquois and Ford counties along with portions of Livingston, Vermilion and Woodford counties.
"During my short time in Springfield, I have made quite a few friends on both sides of the aisle. And while I had an abundance of frustration at the direction Illinois is headed, there were also many opportunities to effect positive change," Harms said.
"As a whole, being a legislator was a tremendous experience, one that I appreciate greatly. However, at this time I must return to my given profession. I'll be filing paperwork later this week removing myself from consideration this fall, and plan on fulfilling my legislative obligations through the end of this term.
"In addition, I have already notified those making the decision on my replacement. It is my understanding that the process has already started, and I'm confident our area will be well represented moving forward.
"I'd like to again thank everyone for their faith while representing them in Springfield, and to let them know I will continue to serve them to the best of my ability until the next representative is sworn in."