CHRISMAN — A third Republican says he will run in the new 102nd House District  that includes all or parts of seven counties south of Champaign-Urbana.
Rob Roman, 48, the director of utility resources at the University of Illinois, said he will seek the GOP nomination in the district that covers several Champaign County communities, including St. Joseph, Ogden, Philo, Tolono, Sidney, Homer, Sadorus, Ivesdale, Pesotum and Broadlands.
The district also takes in southwestern Vermilion County, most of Edgar County, southeastern Macon County and all of Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties.
Two other Republicans, Matt Forcum of Shelby County, and state Rep. Adam Brown, who now lives in Decatur but says he would move to the new district, have announced their candidacy.
Roman, who has lived in Chrisman for 11 years, is married and has two children. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1980 to 1981, and has both an undergraduate degree and an MBA from the University of St. Francis in Joliet.
He worked for Dynegy, which later was sold to Ameren Illinois, as a regional manager, and also worked at the Vermilion Power Station near Oakwood. Roman also has worked in consulting and sales, he said, and has been a police officer in Braidwood and Chrisman, and a volunteer firefighter in Cornell, Ill.
He has served as commander of the Chrisman American Legion, is active in the Masons and serves as supervisor of Ross Township in Edgar County.
"I don't like to sit still very long," Roman said. "I feel confident that the diversity of experience I've had would make me a good legislator."
Roman said he was encouraged to run for the Legislature by friends and family members. He said he is acquainted with incumbent Reps. Roger Eddy, R-Hutsonville, and Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, as well as Sen. Dale Righter, R-Charleston.
Records show that Roman contributed $170 his year to the re-election campaign of state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington.
The biggest issue facing the state, Roman said, is its budget crisis.
"State government can't continue to load all his debt on the people," he said. "They're making the state a place that isn't conducive to business and that means fewer jobs and less tax revenue and a bad economy.
"We need to work to bring more high tech and energy sector jobs to the state that will help our economy."