Touting all 2,800 petition signatures came from door-to-door work across the 24th Senate District, State Rep. Chris Nybo announced Monday he had filed to run in the Republican primary for the redrawn seat.
The 24th District includes all or parts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Oak Brook, Oakbrook Terrace, Western Springs, Westmont, Wheaton and Willowbrook.
Nybo, an Elmhurst resident, blamed the Democrat-drawn district map for pitting Republican against one another, including in his current 41st House district.
"In the 41st District that I currently represent, I would be forced to run against Rep. Patti Bellock. We need more female representation in Springfield so I would not run against her under those circumstances," Nybo said in a statement. "Family comes first, so I would not move my young family away from their friends, school and our church into another district simply to advance a political career.
"Filing for State Senate is the only way I can continue to represent the majority of people in the 41st District. I was gratified that so many friends and neighbors strongly urged me to run for State Senate," he said.
Incumbent state Sen. Kirk Dillard of Hinsdale also filed for the Republican primary on Monday. Nybo has requested copies of Dillard's petitions. One Democrat - listed as A. Ghani of Oak Brook - also has filed for the primary.