School board vacancy with Mayfield named to Legislature


July 8, 2010
News-Sun Staff Report

Rita Mayfield, the Waukegan school board member named Tuesday to the Illinois Legislature, is expected to resign from the District 60 board in the near future, school officials said Wednesday.

Mayfield, a three-year veteran of the school board, replaces the late Rep. Eddie Washington as Democratic representative in the 60th House District, which includes Waukegan, North Chicago and Park City. She will be up for election on the November ballot, where she faces independent Valerie DeVost, a North Chicago alderwoman.

Information on filling Mayfield's seat on the Board of Education will be available in the coming weeks, a school spokesman said Wednesday.

"Leaving is definitely going to be sad for me," Mayfield said of her school board tenure. "This was my first foray into politics, and I really appreciate the experience and the people I have met.

"I'm going to miss the parents the most," she added. "I really appreciate the parents who reached out to me. I tried my best to answer every phone call. I want parents to know my door will continue to be open to them, even if it is a different office."

Mayfield said she plans to continue fighting for education funding and for early childhood education while in Springfield.

"I'm going to be down there fighting for our funds -- making sure we're getting our money in a timely matter," she said.

Board President Michael Rodriguez praised Mayfield. "We are very proud of her, and look forward to her help and cooperation as our new representative in Springfield," he said.

Lake County News Sun

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