Derrick Smith ousted by 100 to 6 from Illinois' 10th District House Seat

Date: 
08/17/2012

Derrick Smith, who remains a candidate on the Democratic ticket for the Illinois 10th District House seat from which he was expelled today, did not attend the House's session. He did make a statement in his attorney's office.

Smith called this both a "happy and sad day...I am happy because through this ordeal I have been able to learn who my friends are….(They) stick by you through thick and thin," according to the Chicago Tribune.

While only 79 votes were needed to expel Smith from the 118-member state house, the vote was 100 to 6. This action has not been taken in the last 107 years and Smith is, apparently, planning to get elected into the seat to which he was appointed and has now been ousted. Residents of our community voted him in as the Democratic candidate in this fall's election on March 20, seven days after he was arrested on federal charges for bribery.

Jesse White who was involved in his appointment as State Rep and then chaired the new Unity Party to run against Smith in November said that "I am pleased with what the House has done today." 

"Serving the public as an elected official should be at a higher level than you haven't been convicted," commented White's Press Secretary, David Druker.

Unity Party candidate Lance Tyson said, "Today is another sad day in Illinois’ troubled political history. And while my thoughts go out to former Representative Derrick Smith and his family as he awaits trial, my attention continues to be focused on the real trials being faced by working families across the 10th District and their need for job opportunities, quality schools and safe streets."

"I believe the House should have acted more swiftly to resolve the actions of Representative Derrick Smith. It is my opinion the entire House needs to be thrown out, including the ring leader," said Kimberly Smith, the Republican Candidate for the 10th District seat.

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