Local Democrats are looking for a candidate to compete for a soon-to-be open Illinois House seat after state Rep. Kevin Joyce announced Wednesday he's planning to end his re-election efforts and may not finish out his term.
The move comes fewer than five months before the fall election, and leaves a question mark as to who will represent Democrats in the fight to maintain the 35th House District seat. Joyce (D-Chicago) said he's uncertain whether he will finish out his term but will file paperwork soon to remove his name from the Nov. 2 ballot.
Kevin Joyce is the best example of what an elected official should be - honest, hard-wroking, responsive and principled.
Kevin Joyce learned these qualities from his parents and his career belies the belly-ache-ers who whine and moan about families in public service.
Kevin is a rock-ribbed Roman Catholic, as are most of his neighbors and constituents. His record reflects his genuine principles and his courageous fight for vouchers with Senator Meeks stands as a tribute to political courage in a Democratic Party marked by cant and unctious hypocrisy, beyond the Ward.
Kevin and Krista are expecting their eighth child. Talk about principles. Kevin Joyce will take a position with Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.
God Bless, you both for your service to our District!