EAST MOLINE – Tuesday, Republican candidate for State House Jim Wozniak announced he is resigning from his job as an assistant state’s attorney in the Felony Division of the Rock Island County State’s Attorney’s Office to focus on winning in November.
“The problems facing Illinois families are too important to give this campaign only a part-time effort,” Wozniak said. “Though I have greatly enjoyed serving the people of Rock Island in the State’s Attorney office, and I believe that job is very important to the public safety of our community, I am 100 percent committed to going to Springfield and helping to turn our state around.
"Changing the failed Democratic leadership in Springfield is the only way to address our problems facing to create quality, sustainable jobs for our citizens. These are difficult times in Illinois, and in order to help make change happen, I must completely focus on this campaign.”
Wozniak submitted his two-week notice to the Rock Island State’s Attorney office and will devote his full-time efforts to campaigning.
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin applauded Wozniak's commitment to the effort.
“It takes tremendous courage to leave the income and financial security of a steady job in order to campaign full time,” said Durkin (R-Western Springs). “Jim Wozniak is a dedicated public servant and he most certainly is running for the right reasons. I look forward to working with Jim Wozniak to get Illinois back on track.”
Wozniak is running for State Representative in the 71st District against Democrat incumbent Mike Smiddy. He has pledged not to be a part of the state’s legislative pension system and will never vote to increase legislator pay.