by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVEâ€”State representative Kay Hatcher announced her intent to run for re-election in 2010 on Oct. 6 at The Fireside Inn in Sugar Grove.
Hatcher, who served on the Kendall County Board for 11 years and as the president of the Kendall County Forest Preserve since 2002, was elected to her current position in November 2008. Former State Rep. Patricia Reid Lindner had held the seat for nearly 15 years before retiring in January 2009.
â€œâ€¦ I cannot imagine a more extraordinary year to be a freshman (in the Illinois State legislature),â€ Hatcher said. â€œMy first vote as a legislator was to impeach the governor of our state.â€
This remark drew the loudest applause of the night from the group of fellow Republican supporters, including Batavia mayor Jeff Schielke, Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels, Kane and Kendall County elected officials and others.
Hatcher said she spent her first year in office learning about the diverse needs of her district, which encompasses more than 600 square miles of portions of Kane, Kendall and LaSalle counties. She said she recently opened a second office in Batavia to better serve her constituents in that part of her district. Her first office opened in Yorkville.
Hatcher said she believes there is a seismic shift taking place in the state, and she looks forward to helping lead the state through what will be an increasingly challenging time.
â€œWe are going to turn this state around, and I have the skills and experience to be a part of that renaissance,â€ she said.
Candidates will have from Monday, Oct. 26, to Monday, Nov. 2, to file their petitions with the State Board of Elections.