Yesterday, my State Rep. Tamara Grigsby announced that as a result of her fight with cancer, she wouldn't be seeking re-election in the 18th Assembly district.
First and most importantly, all the best to Tamara. We've gotten to know each other a bit over the years and people on both sides of the aisle would agree that she's everything that's right about an elected representative. Hard working, passionate, a fighter, responsive.
Her resignation isn't a huge surprise to those who've been paying attention, but now that it's official, the horse race to replace her is already fully under way.
First, let me just say that while I appreciate more than a few people urging me to consider running for her seat, I am not interested in running for office at this time. The district has changed a bit under the 2010 redistricting but maintains Washington Park as it's center.
I know there is at least one very good candidate who is already committed to running, but I don't want to steal their thunder and will let them announce on their own later today or tomorrow. The last time there was a contested election in this district, it was also an open seat and there were plenty of candidates – some good, some not so good – who were in the race. I'm sure we'll see the same thing in the coming months as more than a few people will position themselves for a rare opportunity to run for an open Assembly seat.