Will County Board member Ray Tuminello, R-New Lenox, has decided he won’t seek re-election to the Will County Board but is looking to carry out the remainder of his current term.
The announcement was made Feb. 20 during the Will County Board meeting.
“The truth is I absolutely love being here and I love representing District 12, but it is with some sadness—along with all this happiness that we’re now finding—that I will be asking our county clerk, Lauren Staley Ferry, to remove me from the ballot after the March 17 primary,” Tuminello said.
Tuminello was first elected to the Will County Board in 2014. His seat is up for election in the March primary and November general election.
The deadline to remove a candidate’s name from the ballot was Jan. 16, officials said.
Currently, Tuminello is listed on the March primary ballot and is running unopposed.
Tuminello said he originally thought he would know of whether he landed the new opportunity last year, but things didn’t materialize so quickly.
Tuminello said he’s been traveling outside the country quite a bit over the past few years.
In August 2018, Tuminello entered into a non-disclosure agreement with a company while overseas in Italy.
Tuminello said the company was looking to form a partnership at the time, and he was in the running to land a new opportunity.
In September 2018, Tuminello pulled his petition for re-election.
“Still hopeful, I waited until the last day to file my petitions,” Tuminello said.
Tuminello said he received the news in January of how he landed the new opportunity.
He said it was important to him to be forthcoming to the county board.