DANVILLE — Vermilion County Board Chairman Mike Marron will officially transition from local to state politics when he's sworn in Friday as the replacement for state Rep. Chad Hays, R-Catlin, who will officially resign the same day.
Marron, who is running against Democrat Cindy Cunningham for the seat in the Nov. 6 election, was chosen in July by Republican Party officials to fill the remainder of Hays' term. Hays, first elected to the Illinois House in 2010 to replace Bill Black of Danville, is leaving to become executive director of Crosspoint Human Services.
Marron, who will resign as county board chairman after holding that role since 2014, will be sworn in as Hays' replacement by Judge Tom O'Shaughnessy at 1 p.m. Friday at the Rita B. Garman Vermilion County Courthouse.
Vermilion County Board Republicans, who have a majority on that 27-member body, chose Larry Baughn of Hoopeston as their nominee to replace Marron as chairman during a meeting last month. The county board will officially select Marron's replacement at its meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Vermilion County Administration building, 201 N. Vermilion St. Other board members may be nominated alongside Baughn.
Marron said in his first week as state representative, he plans to set up traveling office hours in communities throughout the district, which encompasses the southern two-thirds of Vermilion County and a portion of Champaign County outside Champaign-Urbana.
"After that, I've got a lot of learning to do to prepare myself for the veto session," he said.