Lockport Alderman Darren Deskin announced he is running for state representative as a Republican for the 85th District, which includes all or parts of Lockport, Romeoville and Bolingbrook.
Deskin first was appointed as an alderman to the City Council by Mayor Dev Trivedi in February 2013 to fill a vacancy. He won election to his first term in April 2013, and then was re-elected this past April.
“When Mayor [Steven] Streit, two others and I were first elected in 2013, we inherited a city with massive challenges,” Deskin said in a news release. “At the top of the list were infrastructure and anemic economic development. I’m happy to say that we righted the ship. We have done some very good things for Lockport over the past four years.”
Deskin said his top priority remains infrastructure. According to the release, during the past four years, Lockport spent nearly $45 million fixing roads, replacing water mains and storm sewers, and drilling wells. He said he was most proud that during his time on the City Council, it has been able to be fiscally responsible without having to raise taxes.
“My goal is to go down to Springfield and take a vote away from Madigan,” Deskin said.
According to the city of Lockport website, Deskin is a Lockport native, a 1978 graduate of Joliet Catholic Academy, earned his bachelor’s degree in human biology and doctorate in chiropractic from the National College of Chiropractic. He is married to his wife, Diane, and they have three children and four grandchildren. After stints in Benton and Moline, Deskin moved back to Lockport, where he’s been practicing for the past 27 years.
The seat used to be held by Democrat Emily McAsey until she resigned in June to move with her husband, who accepted a job on the East Coast. Will County Democratic Party Chairman Scott Pyles and DuPage Democratic Party Chairman Robert Teichert then selected John Connor to replace her later that month.
Connor was an assistant’s state’s attorney for Will County working under Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.
Members of the Illinois House of Representatives are elected to two-year terms with no term limits.