OUR VIEW: Welcome to new senator

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Welcome, Senator. We look forward to you making history serving your newest constituency.

Doris Turner, D-Springfield, was unanimously selected by her fellow county Democratic Party chairs to fill the Illinois Senate seat held by Andy Manar, who resigned last month to become a senior advisor to Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

She beat out seven other candidates, including Decatur Mayor Julie Moore Wolfe, former Councilman Shad Edwards and Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Ruth Waller.

The appointment is historic as it makes Turner the first Black person to represent Springfield and Decatur in the state legislature.

It continues a string of firsts for Turner. In 2012, she became the first Black woman to lead a county party in the state. And in 2015, she became the first woman and person of color to be named mayor pro tempore of Springfield.

Turner worked for the state of Illinois for 33 years, including 22 years at the Illinois Department of Public Health, where she was chief of the center for minority health services.

Manar, in a Tweet following Turner’s appointment, described her as a “compassionate, accomplished leader who gets things done” and stood with him “and the small towns and urban neighborhoods” in the district during his eight years. “Doris knows the turf,” Manar said.

Region: Decatur,Feeds,City: Decatur,Region: Central

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February 12, 2021 at 09:00PM

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