So far, two Democratic candidates have announced their intentions to run for Pritchard’s seat: DeKalb County Board Member Paul Stoddard, District 9, and DeKalb School District 428 Board Secretary Howard Solomon.
Stoddard, a Northern Illinois University associate professor, said he decided to run to try to make Springfield a little more responsive to the people.
“I’m tired of the way we do politics in Illinois and nationally, so I wanted to run and see if we couldn’t try some things to change the tone,” he said.
Stoddard has been on the County Board for 10 years, and said one of the first things he tried to change was the policy of allowing the majority party to head all seven committees. Instead, the board shifted to a proportional representation system, in which the number of minority members determined how many chairmanships they could hold.
“I have a history of working to try to make the system fairer for everyone involved,” Stoddard said. “It’s important to do that as a majority, because you’d be giving up something to make a fairer system.”
He said that he also will be focused on providing infrastructure and an educated workforce to attract out-of-state businesses and ending gerrymandering.