Joliet City Council member Larry Hug said he will decide in the next week or two whether to run for state Senate in 2020.
Hug would be a Democratic candidate in the 49th District now represented by Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood. Bertino-Tarrant is running for Will County executive and will not pursue reelection in the state legislature.
Hug said he is “95% certain” that he will run.
“I want to make the same difference in Springfield that I’ve made here,” Hug said.
He was elected to his third term on the City Council in April, representing a district that extends into the far west side of Joliet.
Hug has been a fiscal conservative, advocate for economic development and opposed to tax increases.
Hug helms the council Economic Development Committee, which he was instrumental in creating, and also pushed for Joliet to hire an economic development director devoted to drawing new business to the city.
A lone voice at times, Hug has opposed funding for the Rialto Square Theatre and was against the city takeover of the Evergreen Terrace housing complex.
Shorewood businessman Tom McCullagh announced in July that he would pursue the Republican nomination for the 49th District.
The district includes parts of Will and Kendall counties, parts of Joliet and Shorewood, all of Plainfield Township and most of Wheatland Township.