Opponents ready with plans for 103rd District

- CHAMPAIGN COUNTY -- The race is on for the 103rd District seat. Carol Ammons and Kristin Williamson are vying for the position. It covers parts of Champaign and Urbana. Both Women are ready to represent in Springfield. WCIA-3's Erica Quednau has more from your Local Election Headquarters.

"I am so excited to just be a part of this process."

"We're feeling very good. Our support is wide and we're very energetic and enthusiastic right now."

Kristin Williamson is the Republican hoping to win the seat. Her plan? Talking to you; the voter.

"We're going to use all of that feedback and their ideas to start coming up with real solutions on how we address some of the major challenges impacting Illinois today."

She grew up in Effingham and moved to Champaign twelve years ago.

"It was always a dream of mine to get here. My background was very different. I actually had to leave high school when I was 17 and I worked in a factory to help make ends meet. And, I always knew, if I could just get to Champaign, I would have a chance."

Now she wants to give back to the community which gave her everything.

"We need a very strong voice that can collaborate with leaders from both sides of the aisle and stakeholder throughout the community to find real solutions and I want to be the person to bring that together."

During the primary, she ran unopposed, but was still watching the results to see who her opponent would be.

"We watched to kind of get a good feel for what their positions were, what their ideas are, what they're going to bring into the race in the fall."

"I truly feel great. The community has been so wonderful and the responses have been great."

Carol Ammons is the Democratic candidates in the race, beating out Sam Rosenberg in the primary.

"I look forward to working with the students at the university, making good public policy together, putting some theory into action in Champaign-Urbana. And, I look forward to working with the administration at the university, our local hospitals and all of the community businesses."

She grew up in Chicago, but moved here after meeting her husband.

"My mother lived in Rantoul, so I came down from Chicago and fell in love with the community, fell in love with my husband and then, fell in love with the community. Stayed and decided that I'd like to work here and do a lot of public service."

Ammons spent five years on the Champaign County Board and now sites on the Urbana City Council.

"I have experience. I've been working in this community. I have a lot of civic engagement experience and I have a whole lot of support."

Ammons, along with Williamson, both have their eyes on November.

"The next few months, organizing, encouraging people to join the campaign."

"We're in a good window for weather and I'm going to continue knocking on doors and reaching out to as many folks as I can."

The 103rd District is currently represented by Naomi Jakobsson. She decided against running for reelection after holding the seat for nearly twelve years. The winner of the election takes office in January 2015.

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