Jaime Andrade Jr., who was once an aide for former Chicago alderman Dick Mell, will replace Deborah Mell in the Illinois House. Deborah was sworn in as a Chicago city councilman last month, taking the place of her father as steward of the city's 33rd ward.
Andrade, who worked as a top assistant for the elder Mell for more than 15 years and earns more than $89,000 in his job as the assistant sergeant of arms for the Chicago City Council, will now take over the 40th district legislative seat and will be up for re-election in 2014. Andrade reportedly plans to quit his job with the city council to focus on his work as a state legislator.
Dick Mell is challenging all of those who have a problem with the insider selections of his daughter and Andrade for the respective council and House seats to use their vote as a means to push back against the decisions.
"It will be up to the people to decide," Mell told the Chicago Tribune. "That's the ultimate goal for Deborah and (Andrade)."