La Grange District 105 Board member drops out of Democratic primary for Illinois House

La Grange resident Elyse Hoffenberg has withdrawn her candidacy from the March 20 Democratic primary for state representative in the 82nd District.

“I could not resolve a number of work and family conflicts,” Hoffenberg said.

Hoffenberg is a member of the La Grange-Countryside Elementary District 105 Board and the La Grange Board of Fire & Police Commissioners.

Her withdrawal from the primary leaves Darien 4th Ward Alderman Thomas Chlystek running unopposed.

“We are focusing our efforts and resources on the next part of the race,” Chlystek said. “The withdrawal of my primary opponent does not change much in our approach.”

The next part of the race for Chlystek will be the Nov. 6 General Election, when he will face the winner of the GOP primary between incumbent House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Burr Ridge Mayor Mickey Straub.

The 82nd District includes at least parts of Lemont, Indian Head Park, La Grange, Western Springs, Homer Glen, Burr Ridge, Darien, Willowbrook, Woodridge and Bolingbrook

Chlystek was appointed 4th Ward alderman in 2015, replacing Joerg H. Seifert, who did not seek re-election, and instead mounted an unsuccessful bid to unseat Mayor Kathleen Weave. The alderman’s position was vacant because no one filed the paperwork necessary to appear on the ballot.

Chlystek has lived in Darien since 2011, has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University, and works as an engineer.

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