arlier this year, McHenry County Blog found a Facebook post indicating that Johnsburg resident Jason Blumenthal intended to run for the Republican nomination for State Representative in the district which Steve Reick represents.
That resulted in this article.
Yesterday, Blumenthal shared an email announcing that he was going to devote his time to finishing law school.
The letter follows:
Friends, Family, and Supporters,When I announced my run for State Representative of the 63rd I received lots of support and excitement of my run. I am beyond blessed that so many people reached out to me and encouraged the run. I too was beyond excited.
Today however, I write to say I must bow out of the race this election cycle. I was unrealistic with the amount of time my law degree and master’s programs were going to take.
This decision was difficult and I have been agonizing about it for a few weeks.
I want to help the State of Illinois but, I worry that I can’t do it the way I want/need to.
I am sick and tired of not being within the political ring.
But, I need to finish my education prior to entering it at a State-wide level.
I am an idealist and I thought I could manage it all.
However, I want to be at a hundred percent to accomplish both of my life goals.
This means putting a hundred percent into my first goal of completing law school is the most important at this time.
I was hopeful I could make it work. When reality hit me a bit more I had to ask many people for their opinions on what I should do.
After much counsel and advice, I feel completing my education can and will help me in two years be the best candidate for our district and our state.
I continue to appreciate all of the support I have gotten and hope to keep your support over the next few years.
I will attempt to start up a blog of my ideas and possibly policy solutions our state should look at.
It is time we all raise the bar from what we expect from our elected officials and I hope to do that from voting in this coming primary.