Three downstate Illinois Republicans are interested in filling Pat Quinn's now-vacant post. Illinois' Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte of Pekin was in DuPage County Saturday, weighing an LG bid. Sunday night, DeMonte will be featured on WLS AM 890 Tom Roeser's "Shootout" at 8 PM. Saturday's activities were reported on by DuPage GOP's Alex McKeown HERE:
During a brief interview, DeMonte said she was overwhelmed by the hospitality voters have shown her as she mulls the decision to run. While seriously considering the run, DeMonte said she was very excited about the work she's done as a National Committeewoman.
"If I run I will run because I want to step off the sidelines and take action for the benefit of the people of Illinois. It's our state. It doesn't belong to the unions, or the machine, or the greedy. It's owned by us," DeMonte said.
Earlier last week, 37 year old Carbondale Mayor Brad Cole announced his intentions to run for Lt Governor as well, the State-Journal Register reports:
Cole announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination for that office last week. He said he raised more than $50,000 in just more than three weeks after making it known he would be interested in an unspecified statewide office.
“We clearly need some change,” Cole said in a telephone interview. “We’ve got to get back on track, and I think we need some downstate balance.”
Another candidate, Pastor Randy White from downstate Illinois, has also announced his bid for Lt Govenor in 2010.