Shorewood mayor to run for state House
By Brian Stanley firstname.lastname@example.org September 21, 2013 9:38PM
Rick Chapman (right)
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:54AM
The mayor of Shorewood wants to become the 97th district’s state representative.
Rick Chapman told village staffers at a luncheon Friday he will seek the seat Tom Cross (R-Oswego) has held for 20 years. Cross said in August he will not seek re-election next year to pursue the state treasurer’s position.
“I’ll be running as a Republican. I’m sitting at the table putting my petitions together right now,” Chapman confirmed Saturday. Chapman has been mayor since 2001. If nominated and elected he would continue heading the village “until a proper transition down (to Springfield) was worked out.”
Chapman was elected to his third mayoral term in March.
“I’ve admired the work Tom Cross has done in Springfield for this area. I’ve tried to do the same in the village and would like to translate that downstate,” Chapman said.
The 97th district includes Shorewood, Plainfield and Oswego.
Chapman identifies as a conservative and said a balanced budget should be a lawmaker’s biggest concern.
“I believe if you’re spending more than you’re taking in, you’re doomed for failure,” he said.
Chapman and Cross were unaware of any other candidates who have declared interest in the nomination.
“I did know (Chapman) was interested, but I’ve been focused on my own campaign,” Cross said Saturday.
Cross said his experience as a representative has given him a good understanding of state government and the eight years he spent as a prosecutor have made him “a good watchdog.”
“That’s what this state needs from the treasurer’s office,” Cross said.