Watseka man announces he’ll run for 106th House District seat

WATSEKA — Josh Harms, a teacher in Iroquois County, will be announcing his intention to seek the House of Representatives seat in the newly formed 106th district. 

The announcement will take place at the Legion Hall in Legion Park in Watseka at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30. 

Harms would join Tom Bennett of Gibson City as a candidate for the newly remapped 106th Illinois House District. Also reportedly running is former Pontiac Mayor Scott McCoy.

Harms, a Republican, intends to push a conservative agenda if elected.  He said he will not be taking any campaign money from the Republican Party, political action committees, or corporations.  All donations will be from individuals, he said.

Harms said he is doing this to ensure that his only interest is the people of the district.

Harms grew up on a farm outside of Watseka.  He graduated from Watseka Community High School.  After high school, he earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Illinois State University in 1997 and his master’s degree in special education from Governor’s State University in 2007. 

He lives and teaches in Watseka. He has been married to his wife, Rebecca, for 13 years. They have two children.

For more information about Harms, visit his website, electjoshharms.com.  


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