Larry Walsh Jr. didn't have to run against anyone to get the 86th District seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. In fact, he didn't have to run at all.
But when Walsh did have an opponent going against him, he held onto his seat in convincing fashion.
Walsh captured 23,953 election night votes—more than 70 percent of the total votes cast—to defeat Republican challenger Ryan Alm.
Election results will not be official until Nov. 27, when canvassing of votes is completed and after absentee ballots postmarked by midnight, Nov. 5, and provisional and grace period ballots are counted on Nov. 20.
Walsh took office without going through the hassle of an actual election. He was appointed in April to replace 21-year state house veteran Jack McGuire, who stepped down soon after his unopposed victory in the primary, leaving his party to find a replacement.
McGuire’s resignation was —Walsh Jr.’s father—in April.
In the months leading up to McGuire’s resignation, Patch revealed that McGuire and his wife, Patsy, had let the home they owned in Shorewood fall into serious disrepair. A series of Patch stories forced Jack and Patsy McGuire to fix the problem, which neighbors had complained about but found no satisfaction.
Walsh, a lifelong resident of Elwood, served on the Jackson Township Board. In 18 years with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Local #851, he made it to the position of Secretary Treasurer of District Lodge 8.
Alm, a Joliet resident, is a paralegal. He is a former employee of the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office.
While campaigning door-to-door on Joliet’s west side, Alm was allegedly menaced by a local man who turned out to be armed with nothing more than a BB gun.
Alm weathered that adversity and continued along the campaign trail.
- Bill Foster Victorious Over Judy Biggert
- The Race for President: How Illinois Voted
- Obama Supporters at McCormick: 'We Know He's Going to Win'
- Natalie Manley Defeats Bob Kalnicky for 98th State Representative Seat
- Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow Wins Again