Republican Rockford Alderman Joe Sosnowski tells 23 News he's planning to run for Ron Wait's state representative seat in the 69th district in 2010.
Sosnowski says he became interested in running when Wait told him he would not seek another term.
Right now, Sosnowski is circulating petitions and forming a campaign organization. He says his business background and aldermanic experience prepare him for this new challenge and he wants to focus on bringing state dollars back to our area for economic develpoment.
"Our region doesn't receive the money back that I think some other areas of the state does on a percentage basis. I've seen some recent stats that say we're in the area of being number 10 as far as money received back, but when you look at our population, we're probably number three or four," says Sosnowski.
He plans to make a formal announcement about his candidacy in the next couple weeks. Representative Wait did not return our calls for comment. His former Democratic challenger Greg Tuite tells us he is not planning to run again.