Downers Grove Republican David Olsen was selected Saturday to replace former state Rep. Ron Sandack, who resigned last week citing “cyber security issues.” Olsen will be sworn in Wednesday.
Olsen was selected by DuPage County GOP Chair Brian Krajewski and Will County GOP Chair Kathy Havel to represent Illinois' 81st House District. Olsen will also replace Sandack on the November ballot.
“I’m excited to get to work representing the people of the 81st district,” Olsen said in a statement. “For too long, politicians in Springfield have ignored the needs of Illinoisans, doubling down on tax-and-spend agenda that has clearly failed our state.”
“I inted to bring a fresh perspective and new ideas to the entrenched interests in Springfield, and I will fight to give taxpayers a voice,” he added.
Olsen currently serves on the Downers Grove Village Council, but is expected to resign from his post Wednesday. He has served on the council since 2013 and served as mayor pro team before resigning on Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Olsen also serves on the Dupage College board during “a tumultuous time for the institution.” According to the Tribune, Olsen will continue serving in that capacity until the board’s next election in April.
Sandack resigned last Sunday after filing an incident with the Downers Grove Police Department, citing an "internet scam.”
Last Monday, the former state representative told the Tribune that he resigned after fake social media accounts set up in his name started cropping up in recent weeks. Sandack, a close ally to Gov. Bruce Rauner, was an avid used of Facebook and Twitter during his time in the General Assembly.
Sandack told the Tribune that “Politics has gotten too ugly,” expressing concern for his family.