A Chillicothe resident fighting his own party to stay on the ballot in the 73rd district

By WEEK Reporter

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM CDT

Peoria County, Ill. -- A republican running for state representative in the 73rd district might not be on the ballot much longer.

Mark Zalcman of Chillicothe is having his petition challenged by members of his own party.

Two local Republican leaders argue 125 of his 570 signatures are invalid.

Zalcman wants to run against current representative Dave Leitch.

Leitch has held the seat for 25 years -- and hasn't been challenged for most of them.

Zalcman is for term limits and said there needs to be new blood in Springfield.

"I'm a persistent man and I believe we need change in the whole Republican party in Central Illinois," said Mark Zalcman, Republican candidate for Illinios Representative of the 73rd district. "There's very little leadership going on and there's very little recruiting of new businesses to come here."

A hearing on the signatures is set for December 17.

Zalcman has two options if it doesn't go his way.

He can file for a judicial review or wait for the 2016 election.

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