Highland Park native and Chicago attorney became the first Democrat to seek the Illinois General Assembly seat held by today (Oct. 25) when he said he would run for the nomination in the March 20 primary.
Drury, a Highwood resident, who has been a Democratic candidate for Lake County state’s attorney since August, decided to seek May’s seat after a number of people suggested to seek a political career in the legislative rather than the executive branch of state government.
“When Representative May announced she was not running for re-election, several members of the community encouraged me to run for the seat,” Drury said in a news release. “We need to ensure this district is represented by an independent voice.”
Two Lake Forest Republicans are already running for the seat - business owner and resident and physician Mark . Turelli, who lost to May in 2010 with 43 percent of the vote, originally planned to run for the Lake County Board until May announced her retirement.
In the state’s attorney race, Drury’s departure leaves Libertyville resident and Lake Forest attorney, Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney of Waukegan and Mundelein attorney Karen Williams competing for the Democratic nomination.
The Republican candidates are Assistant Lake County State’s Attorney of Lake Bluff, Waukegan lawyer and Lake Barrington resident along with Waukegan attorney of Gurnee.