The first candidate has jumped into the campaign for the state House seat held for the last decade by Democrat Naomi Jakobsson of Urbana.
Kristin Williamson officially announced on Tuesday that she will run to represent residents of the 103rd District, which is mainly made up of the cities of Champaign and Urbana.
Williamson said she's qualified to run for State Representative because she's very active in the Champaign-Urbana community and wants to give back to the community for the opportunies that it's given to her.
Williamson added that the key issues she wants to focus on are higher education, pension reform, repairing Illinois' financial crisis and representing her alma mater, the University of Illinois. She said representing the school at a state level could really benefit UI students and the local community.
Williamson currently serves as the Director of Government and Public Relations for Benefit Planning Consultants in Champaign and is the Vice Chair of the Champaign County Republican Party.