5 Vying for Chance to Replace Rep. Kosel in State House

Residents in the 37th District will have to select their candidate choices in a March 18 primary.

Gayla Smith. Photo Provided.
Gayla Smith. Photo Provided.

The retirement of state Rep. Renee Kosel, (R-New Lenox), opens up the possibility of a fresh face taking her seat. Five candidates will fight for the opportunity to fill the vacancy. Voters will take their pick in a March 18 primary.

Republicans Margo McDermed, Gayla Smith and Arthur Lukowski will face off for the 37th House District seat; Democrats will choose between August (O’Neill) Deuser and Nichole Serbin. The district encompasses all or parts of Lockport, New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park and a small portion of Tinley Park, as it reaches as far north as 159th Street to Laraway Road on the south and from Farrell Road on the west to about 80th Avenue on the east.


Margo McDermed

  • Mokena resident since 1978
  • Married to Edward, with two children
  • Experience in public service, wants to reduce tax burdens
  • Supports rolling back the income tax hike from 5 percent to 3.75 percent in 2015.
  • Schools need to think smarter, not more expensive.
  • Sat on Will County Board in 2012. Also served as Frankfort Township clerk.
  • "Illinois needs to reward small businesses, not just the big cats."
  •  In favor of term limits.
  • Find out more on her website.
 Gayla Smith
  • Frankfort resident since 1986
  • Son and son-in-law both serving in the United States Navy
  • Graduate of Governors State University
  • Worked in software development and network administration, currently operations manager for a paving contractor
  • Seeks to reform worker's comp policies. 
  • Would back an income tax rollback.
  • "We have too many people in Springfield who are more concerned about saving their political career, than helping the Illinois taxpayer and job creator."
  • Find out more. 
Arthur Lukowski


August Deuser
  • Lockport resident, married with two sons
  • Retired special-education teacher
  • Balance budget by reducing all programs excluding education, veterans and mental health
  • Require math and science classes during all four years of high school
  • Convert vacant schools into housing for homeless vets
  • Get more info. 
Nichole Serbin
  • Mokena resident 
  • Owns mobile disc jockey business, former stand-up comedian
  • Aims to up the minimum wage, reduce tax incentives for corporations and legalize marijuana for recreational use

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NL Resident March 03, 2014 at 07:42 AM
Mike March 03, 2014 at 10:50 AM
Only candidate worth voting for who will be independent of political pressure is Gayla Smith. Let's vote for someone who is concerned for us.
JaB March 03, 2014 at 06:15 PM
How about adding the names to the pictures. I don't know any of these folks.
Lauren Traut March 03, 2014 at 06:19 PM
You got it, JaB. Accidentally left them off. Thanks for alerting me!
Nicki Serbin March 05, 2014 at 11:54 AM
My opponent August Deuser is a democratic candidate is Anti-Choice. He is a member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, which have endorsed me. I also have endorsements from AFL-CIO, Chicago Federation of Labor, Planned Parenthood, Local 1 Ironworkers, Local 597 Pipefitters, and more. Visit my website NickiSerbin.com for more information about me and my campaign.


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