Three local republicans to vie for reprsentative seat in general assembly

By Michelle Harris

Three republicans have announced their interest in being the state representative for the 76th district.

In order to be on the primary election ballot Mar. 20, candidates must file an economic disclosure statement, statement of candidacy and a nominating petition of 300 registered voters’ signatures with the State Board of Elections between Monday and Dec. 17.

Brad Burzynski, 34, of Sycamore, is an alumnus of Illinois Wesleyan University. He is the governmental affairs director for the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, a 6,500-member organization dedicated to improving the profitability of farming.

Burzynski said his job involves tracking the local impact of state and federal legislation by monitoring county and township governments, boards of education and divisions of road repair.

Burzynski said he believes education funding is very important. “Education is funded primarily through property taxes,” he said. “In most areas, enough tax revenue is generated by industry to pay the bulk of educational costs, but in this district, most of the land is agricultural. So it’s the farmer who gets hit.

Charles Marshall, 50, of Somonauk, is an alumnus of University of Illinois and Illinois Institute of Technology. He has practiced law for 26 years in Somonauk. He has acted as State’s Attorney and Assistant State’s Attorney for DeKalb County and Special Assistant State’s Attorney for LaSalle County. He has also been a member of the DeKalb County Board for 11 years.

“This broad experience in all levels of government here, I feel, has equipped me extensively to serve this district knowledgeably and effectively,” he said.

John Felver, 46, of DeKalb, is the NIU associate director of housing. He was a delegate to the 1984 National Republican Convention, he been the DeKalb County republican party chairman for eight years, vice chairman of the Republican County Chairman’s Association and precinct committeeman for 14 years.

Felver has been on the legislative committee for Dekalb County Farm Bureau educating farmers on legislative issues since 1983. At NIU, he was the faculty adviser for the College Republicans for eight years and helped found the Residence Hall Association. He is currently the Evans Scholars adviser.

Felver said he is qualified because he has “worked in all spheres of local concern—governmental, NIU, student, agriculatural and social issues.”