SHELBYVILLE - Holland Township Supervisor Matt Forcum announced he will run in the proposed 102nd Illinois House District as a Republican in the 2012 election.

The district is part of a map that passed the Illinois Senate on Tuesday and was signed into law Friday by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Forcum, 25, was elected to his local school board at the age of 19 at the same time he became a township trustee. He was elected township supervisor in the recent consolidated election.

He said with the new map, Shelby County will be represented by one state representative, a far cry from the current setup which has it split among many different lawmakers at the state and federal level.

"This seems like a very rural, agricultural district, and I think the lifestyle of folks in this district is something I can identify with," Forcum said.

Forcum said his main issues will be bringing state government under control and working to make a more business-friendly climate in the state. Forcum owns an excavation company.

"The state has managed wholeheartedly to take the competition out of business with burdensome regulation and oversight," Forcum said. "Business is a big issue for me, coming from a family business and trying to make it work."

Forcum, who is single, is a graduate of Lakeland Community College and is currently working on a business degree at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The 102nd District includes Shelby County, Arthur, Arcola, Savoy, and stretches eastward to Paris and the Indiana border.

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