Illinois lawmaker will not seek re-election this fall

WATSEKA - An Illinois state representative is announcing plans to remove himself from the November ballot.

State Representative Josh Harms released a statement this week citing a desire to return to teaching and be closer to his family.  Harms is a longtime teacher at Watseka Community High School.

Harms was first elected to represent the 106th District in 2012.  Republican party officials will now have to choose a replacement for Harms on the November ballot.

Harms calls his experience as a legislator "a tremendous experience" that he appreciates greatly, and says that he's confident the area will be well-represented moving forward.

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