Frankfort woman to run for Kosel seat
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org October 28, 2013 9:14PM
Updated: December 1, 2013 7:22AM
Frankfort resident Gayla Smith has added her name to the list of Republican candidates who plan to run to replace state Rep. Renee Kosel when she retires next year from the Legislature.
Will County Board member Margo McDermed, of Frankfort Township, and Orland Park Trustee Jim Dodge also have expressed interest in entering the GOP primary election to try to succeed Kosel in the 37th House District.
Smith has announced that she plans to seek the post to be “an advocate for the suburban voter, the Illinois citizens who are paying far too much income and property taxes and, compared to most states, receive little in return,” Smith said in a news release.
“I’ve lived in Illinois my whole life. I love Illinois, but I’m not happy with the current economic conditions and the lack of response from Springfield,” she said.
Smith, 53, was raised in Beecher and has lived in Frankfort since 1985. She has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and has worked as an IT administrator, operations manager and accounting manager in the insurance and construction industries.
She is married with two children. Her son is a Navy officer and her daughter is married to a Navy lieutenant. Smith has been active in many community organizations.
Nominating petitions for the March 18 primary election are due Nov. 25 through Dec. 2.