BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - The man who has headed the Illinois National Guard for the past five years has stepped down from that post to consider running as a Democrat for an open congressional seat.
Adjutant General William Enyart submitted his resignation Thursday and was replaced by Gov. Pat Quinn for the time being by Maj. Gen. Dennis Celletti. Celletti is the assistant adjutant general for the Army.
Sixty-two-year-old Enyart called his resignation a necessary precursor to possibly running for the 12th Congressional District seat that Democrat Jerry Costello is vacating after this term. Enyart has not previously run for public office.
Democrats are seeking to fill a 12th District void left on the November ballot by nominee Brad Harriman. Harriman cited health reasons when he abandoned his campaign against Republican Jason Plummer.
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