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Government

DuPage, Will GOPs accepting applicants for Ron Sandack's seat

The chairmen of the DuPage County and Will County GOP organizations are accepting applications to fill the now-empty Illinois House of Representative seat vacated by Downers Grove resident Ron Sandack, according to a news release from the DuPage GOP.

DuPage Chairman Brian Krajewski and Will GOP Chairman Kathy Havel will sort through applicants and conduct in-person interviews for those who submit their names by July 29.

The two have to identify a candidate to both represent the 81st district from now until November and on this year's ballot after Sandack suddenly stepped down July 24 citing "cybersecurity issues," according to media reports.

Sandack, a longtime Downers Grove elected official, had previously been known for being very active on social media, but deleted both his Facebook and Twitter accounts. The Downers Grove Police Department confirmed they are looking into a report of Sandack being victimized in an incident, but police did not elaborate further on the ongoing investigation.

Krajewski said several names have already been considered, including David Olsen, a Downers Grove council member and temporary College of DuPage board member; Ryan Gleason, a local campaign worker currently working in Washington D.C. as a lobbyist for Bruce Rauner; and Martin Tully, mayor of Downers Grove.

While both will have input on the eventual successor, who will face Democrat Greg Hosé for the seat this November, Krajewski said he will have the most say on the selection because the vast majority of the district is in DuPage County.

Those interested in the position are encouraged to submit resumes to info@dupagegop.org.

In-person interviews are closed to the public and will be scheduled on July 30 for those who submit their names by July 29. All applicants must be residents of District 81 and meet the other qualifications prescribed by the Constitution of the state.

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