A Plainfield Park District official has dropped out of the March 2014 general primary election.
According to an announcement posted Oct. 23 on Facebook, park commissioner Janet Silosky has halted her second run for the 98th district state representative seat.
“It is unfortunate, but as of today, a final decision had to be made regarding running for State Rep. in the 98th District, as our funding, which we had expected to materialize, did not,” the post said, going on that Silosky had no choice but to drop out of the race. “Campaigns, like cars, do not run on air. There is another candidate.”
The Oct. 23 announcement goes on to note that another Plainfield Republican — township tax collector Yvonne Sencial Bolton — will look to run against incumbent Natalie Manley (D-Joliet).
“Grateful to not be leaving a void, in fact with no primary, it helps the Republican Party,” Silosky’s post said.
While the announcement was posted last week on Silosky’s personal Facebook page, her official campaign page had not been updated since Oct. 6 as of Tuesday afternoon. According to the campaign site, a fundraiser for Silosky’s campaign was slated for Tuesday night at Cemeno’s Pizza in Joliet.
Reached via email Tuesday, Silosky confirmed she had dropped out of the race.
It would have been Silosky's second try for the office; she previously ran against Bolingbrook Republican Bob Kalnicky in the 2012 primary. Kalnicky was victorious in the primary but ultimately lost to Democrat Manley in the November 2012 election.
Bolton: ‘It was a decision I didn’t come by easily’
Bolton, the newly elected Plainfield Township tax collector, confirmed Tuesday that she plans to run in the primary.
A 21-year resident of the township, precinct committeewoman and mom of three, Bolton said she was initially hesitant to toss her hat into the ring.
“I was approached way back in June,” she said. “I thought about it for a couple months and I said no.”
Recently, Bolton said, she reconsidered.
“I disappointed my family when I said no — they really wanted me to do it," she said. Bolton said she also wanted to be a voice for Hispanic conservatives.
“I am a Hispanic and it’s been very lonely as a conservative Hispanic in the State of Illinois,” she said.
“I decided I have to do this,” Bolton added. “It’s going to be hard … but I really, really believe in what I’m doing.”
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