As the ice was leaving Crystal Lake, Lakewood Village Trustee Paul Serwatka was leaving the four-way race to replace State Rep. Mike Tryon.
He withdrew in favor of East Dundee Village Trustee Allen Skillicorn.
The news was announced in a press release from the opponent he is endorsing:
Serwatka Withdraws and Endorses Skillicorn
Team Comes Together for Conservative Reform in House District 66
March 7, 2016 – “I have decided to withdraw as a candidate for State House in the 66th District effective immediately and to endorse Allen Skillicorn for State Representative.
“I have notified the Illinois State Board of Elections of my intent,” said Paul Serwatka.
“This was a difficult decision but I did not want to split the conservative reform vote with Skillicorn and throw the race to Carolyn Schofield who opposes important portions of Governor Rauner’s Turnaround Agenda, including Prevailing Wage reform.
“Nor do I want to see Dan Wilbrandt, who has voted to increase taxes five times, including property taxes, in just three years on his local village board win a divided primary fight.
“Skillicorn is better positioned to win this race and my hope is to bring the conservative reform voters who are backing me to consolidate with Allen’s supporters and ensure a victory for the conservative reform movement in Illinois in the form of Allen Skillicorn on March 15th.”
Of the endorsement, Skillicorn said,
“I am honored to have Paul’s confidence and support. I look forward to continuing our efforts together in the fight for liberty and conservative principles.”
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Serwatka’s name has not yet been removed from the list of active candidates on the State Board of Elections web site.
The race has at least $600,000 in play with the biggest teacher union in Illinois, the Illinois Education Association having donated $53,900 to Schofield. State Senator Pam Althoff contributed another $40,000.
Skillicorn has received independent expenditure support from Dan Proft’s Liberty Principles Political Action Committee, including $50,000 TV buys from Channel 7 and Channel 9.