Harry Benton
Harry Benton

A Plainfield village trustee and union iron worker announced his candidacy for a state representative seat in the 97th District.

Benton, a Democrat, made his official campaign announcement at the Teamsters Local 179 building in Joliet on Tuesday.

In a news release, he called for "new leadership" for the district, which has been represented by Mark Batinick, R-Plainfield, since 2015.

"Politician Mark Batinick has failed our families," Benton said. "Time and time again, he has refused to vote on critical legislation or spoken out against measures that would protect the middle class and local families."

If elected, Benton said he’d fight for property tax relief, a balanced budget and more opportunities for local students and those wanting to enter skilled labor industries.

He was elected to the Plainfield Village Board in April. Batinick narrowly won reelection in 2018 against Plainfield Democrat Mica Freeman.

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October 23, 2019 at 08:37PM