The lieutenant governor of Illinois will run for something else next year. Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said Wednesday that she will not seek re-election as lieutenant governor, and instead expects to run for a different office, not yet specified. “What I’m doing is really focused on how I can serve the people of the state of Illinois. I have, I think, been an effective servant as lieutenant governor. I think I can be an even more effective public servant in another elective office,” she said.
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She made this announcement at a news conference in Chicago that lasted three minutes and 15 seconds, during which she would not comment on whether she’s waiting for other politicians to jump into or out of various races, nor whether she’s abandoning ship on the governor, whose public approval ratings are poor. Simon, 51, was elected lieutenant governor in 2010. She was selected to run for the office when the winner of the Democratic primary dropped out. Simon’s previous political experience was on the Carbondale City Council. She is the daughter of the late U.S. Sen. Paul Simon.
Under a new law that goes into effect for the 2014 election, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor will run as a team in their party primaries.