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Jeff Smith eyes run for state representative

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Attorney and community activist Jeff Smith says he's planning to run for the 17th Distict state house seat that has opened up with the decision by Daniel Biss to run for the state senate seat being vacated by Jeff Schoenberg.

Attorney and community activist Jeff Smith says he's planning to run for the 17th Distict state house seat that has opened up with the decision by Daniel Biss to run for the state senate seat being vacated by Jeff Schoenberg.

Smith, who finished 4th in a five-way Democratic primary race for the 18th District state house seat in 2010 that was won by Robyn Gabel, saw his home at 2724 Harrison St. redistricted into the 17th District this year, along with much of the rest of northwest Evanston.

Smith told Evanston Now this evening that, because of changes in petition requirements recently adopted by the state legislature, it will take a door-to-door petition effort to get on the ballot, and he believes he has the support to organize that drive in the short period available to gather the petition signatures.

Smith is a former president of the Central Street Neighbors Association and has been active in efforts to keep the north branch library open. He's also known for speaking out on a wide range of other issues during citizen comment periods at City Council meetings.

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