Tarver to succeed Currie; Mitchell reelected

By AARON GETTINGER
Staff Writer

Curtis Tarver II will replace State Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie (25th) in Springfield next year, as the incumbent House Majority Leader exits state politics after 40 years in office. State Rep. Christian Mitchell (26th), the director of the state Democratic Party, was reelected.

Both men ran unopposed.

In a statement, Tarver praised Currie for her mentorship and four decades of service.

“I look forward to working with other local elected officials, community organizations, churches, schools, and community leaders to build strong coalitions throughout 25th District,” Tarver said. “I am incredibly grateful to the residents of the 25th District for electing me to represent them in Springfield, and I promise I will be a champion for early childhood education, criminal justice reform and economic opportunities for our communities.”

Governor-elect J.B. Pritzker (D) announced that Mitchell had been named to his transition committee staff the day after the election.

“I just watched 15 whole minutes of broadcast television and didn’t see a single political ad,” Mitchell said Wednesday in a Tweet.

a.gettinger@hpherald.com