JOLIET - Democrat State Rep. Larry Walsh, Jr. will have a Republican challenger in the November 86th District House race after all. The Will County Republican precinct committeemen met last week and voted to Republican candidate's vacancy with Diane Harris of Joliet.
“As an activist for conservative issues such as the sanctity of life, Second Amendment rights, reducing government spending and cutting taxes, I am happy to see my efforts have not gone unnoticed," Harris said in a statement.
“I am deeply humbled by the nomination and am grateful for another opportunity to fight for a better government that functions for the good of the people. Illinois needs representatives in Springfield who care about integrity, reducing the burden on taxpayers, balancing the budget and economic reform that focuses on job training and school choice. I will be that representative for you,” Harris said.
Ms. Harris ran for the 3rd Congressional District GOP nomination in March, and lost to Sharon Brannigan. Because of recent change in Illinois election law, she will need to gather 600 signatures to get on the ballot despite the appointment.
Ms. Harris has three children and is retired from ComEd, where she was a Liability Representative for 32 years. She has an associate degree from Joliet Junior College and a Bachelor of Science in Management from the University of Phoenix.
She is currently the elected precinct committeeman in Joliet 23. She is an at-large board member of the Cathedral Area Preservation Association, Second VP of the Will County Republican Women and a member of the National Hook-Up of Black Women’s Joliet Chapter.