SPRINGFIELD — A Republican state lawmaker from Champaign said Friday he will not seek re-election in 2016.
State Rep. Adam Brown said he is taking on more of a leadership role in his family's 1,000-acre farming operation and needs to step down from the 102nd district post he's held since 2010.
"My plate has been beyond full for some time," said Brown, 30, who recently announced the birth of his second child.
His pending departure, first reported by Capitolfax.com, is the latest in a line of Republican lawmakers who have announced they are not running again. Others include state Sen. Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville and state Reps. Mike Tryon of Crystal Lake and Ed Sullivan of Mundelein.
Brown, whose family farm is located primarily in Macon County, beat incumbent Democrat Bob Flider of Mount Zion by 599 votes in 2010. He ran unopposed in 2012 and, last November, he crushed Matt Forcum of Mode by winning more than 74 percent of the vote.
The district, which stretches from the Indiana border to Decatur and includes Lake Shelbyville, is among the most Republican-leaning in the state.
Edgar County Republican Party Chairman Randy Peterson, a construction manager from Paris, confirmed Friday that he's interested in the seat. Brown is supporting him.
"While its a scary time in Springfield, I feel as though I am ready to try and tackle some of the state's problems," Peterson said.
Brown said Peterson has been busy working behind the scenes in the district.
"He's been a super volunteer. He works selflessly and tirelessly," Brown said.
As a lawmaker, Brown said he's most proud of helping to bring economic development to the district, including the Cronus Fertilizers production plant in Tuscola. The $1.5 billion project currently is under construction.
In Springfield, Brown serves on the House GOP leadership team as the Republican caucus chair.