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Will County board member to withdraw name from November ballot

Will County Board member Ray Tuminello attends a Will County Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Will County Building in Joliet, Ill.
Will County Board member Ray Tuminello attends a Will County Board meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, at the Will County Building in Joliet, Ill.

Will County Board member Ray Tuminello announced Thursday he would not seek reelection to his seat because of a job opportunity.

Tuminello, R-New Lenox, said because of the opportunity, he'd asked the Will County Clerk's Office to withdraw his name from the November ballot. He was running for reelection to his county board seat to represent District 12.

He said he decided to withdraw from the election because it would be "extremely difficult to juggle this responsibility and represent the constituents in the way they should."

Tuminello has owned a manufacturing business named Quality Glass Block since 2001. He'd been travelling a lot for work over the last two years in hopes of a deal with a manufacturer.

He said he hadn't been able to discuss any of this due to a non-disclosure agreement he signed with the company in 2018 and hoped a deal would have been done last year before the deadline to file for reelection.

The timeline "didn't work out," Tuminello said.

While Tuminello's name will appear on the ballot for the March 17 primary election, for which early voting has already begun, the Will County Republican party will have to replace him for the general election.

Will County Board member Tom Weigel, R-New Lenox, and Tuminello were running unopposed in the primary election. Democrats JoAnne Hamilton-Gunkel and Erin Moncek are running in the general election in which the top two vote earners win seats on the county board.

Tuminello added he intends to finish out his current term.

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