Seven apply to be next House District 78 rep

April 14, 2010
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The names of the applicants seeking Deborah Graham’s former seat in the Illinois House are now published on the Democratic Party of Oak Park’s Web site.

The list was originally slated to be made public on Monday, but a spam filter prevented one applicant’s resume from reaching the inbox, said Mary Howorth, executive director of the Democratic Party of Oak Park.

Among the seven applicants are:

– Ralph Martire, a former columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times who is now the executive director of the think-tank Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

– Camille Lilly, who is vice president of external affairs at Loretto Hospital and the executive director of the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

– Rev. Marshall Hatch, pastor of New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church who applied to be 29th Ward alderman, the post Graham assumed earlier this month.

Committeemen will publicly interview applicants on April 24 at the Carleton Hotel in Oak Park. That’s the day before committeemen must name a replacement for the 78th Representative District. By law, committeemen have the power to fill vacant state legislative positions, and they must do so within 30 days.

Graham resigned her legislative post March 26 after Mayor Richard M. Daley announced he wanted her to succeed Ike Carothers, who resigned after pleading guilty to corruption charges.

To see our earlier coverage, click here.

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