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Grosskopf says he's out of state legislative race

Moira Dunn expected to step in

Dennis Grosskopf confirmed that he will not run for the 97th District state representative seat in the November elections, and sources are pointing to Assistant Will County State's Attorney Moira Dunn to replace him.

One Republican candidate said the switch was expected since the March primary.

"It's an open seat and needs the candidate that has the time to devote to a tough race," Grosskopf said Friday. "Unfortunately, as I looked upon the roles and job I have, I don't have the time."

A source close to the Will County Democratic organization told The Herald-News that Assistant Will County State's Attorney Moira Dunn is the leading candidate to replace Grosskopf in the race.

"I'm not going to confirm or deny it," Dunn said.

Also, a flyer for an Illinois Democratic Party meet-and-greet event on May 28 lists her name among other Democratic candidates that won March primaries.

However, Dunn ran for and lost the Democratic nomination for the Will County 2nd subcircuit judge to Daniel Kennedy.

Grosskopf's Republican opponent in the race, Mark Batinick from Plainfield, said Republicans have known the switch was coming.

"We knew," Batinick said. "There's been rumors ever since the primaries."

Batinick said Dunn has been meeting with lobbyists in Springfield gathering support, and she attended a candidate meet-and-greet alongside Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago.

Grosskopf has run uncontested for the district seat in three of the past four Democratic primaries. He lost to Rep. Tom Cross, R-Oswego, in the 2010 and 2008 elections when the district was called the 84th District.

Grosskopf is a teacher in the Minooka High School District 111 and local teacher's union president. He is also the treasurer for the Democratic Organization of Troy Township.

Once Grosskopf officially submits his withdrawal from the race, the Will County and Kendall County Democratic organizations will form a committee to choose a replacement for Grosskopf.

Will County Democratic party Chairman Scott Pyles and his Kendall County counterpart Chuck Sutcliff will head the committee. Because Will County is more heavily represented than Kendall County in the district, it will have a weighted vote for who will replace Grosskopf.

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