PLAINFIELD - A Kendall County Sheriff's deputy has been named as the replacement for the resigning state rep. Pam Roth, R-Morris, following a caucus in Morris Monday by Republican county chairmen from across the 75th District.
John D. Anthony, 37, of Plainfield, was selected by four GOP leaders from La Salle, Grundy, Kendall and Will counties following interviews of several other applicants. He has been with the Kendall County Sheriff's Office since 2008.
Anthony now will complete Roth's current term in office, which expires at midnight Jan. 13, 2015, and will be expected to officially run for the seat in the 2014 fall elections.
"I have been informed that I am the first black man to hold this seat,"Anthony told The Times. "I want to be judged on my merits, not on my skin color. I believe the committee picked me because of my common sense, and I will use that same common sense in office."
His credentials include the 2011 founding of Young and Restoring Nations with his wife, Deborah. YARN is a nonprofit multicultural community development organization in Montgomery that specializes in providing guidance and assistance for today's youth and their families.