Mokena woman to seek Dem nod in Kosel district
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY email@example.com October 13, 2013 8:46PM
Nicki Serbin | Supplied photo
Updated: November 15, 2013 6:18AM
Democratic candidates may not be beating down the door to run for state Rep. Renee Kosel’s seat, but at least one was knocking on doors before the New Lenox Republican announced her retirement at the end of her current term.
Nicki Serbin, a Mokena native and current resident, has announced that she will seek the Democratic nomination in the traditionally Republican 37th House District.
Serbin has never held public office, but the 1997 graduate of Lincoln-Way High School said she “is a student of politics” and not a politician. She owns a DJ business and has worked as a comedian, comedy writer and radio broadcaster, known as “Frankie” on WRXQ and WCKG in Chicago.
“I was writing political satire, and it wasn’t funny any more. I was getting upset,” Serbin said. “This is about real people, with real issues and it’s not real funny.
“If I didn’t run, I would regret it. If I lose, I will run again,” she said. “It’s not about power and money — it’s about listening to people. It cannot be about party lines. That’s why we’re in this mess.”
Serbin compared herself to U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), a former comedy writer and performer for Saturday Night Live and a radio host who narrowly won election after a recount in 2009.
“I have the ability to inform, to entertain and to represent,” she said.
She and her husband, an ironworker, have a 4-year-old daughter, and her stepson serves in the Marine Corps. She comes from a family of educators.
Serbin said she is concerned about union rights, veterans issues, school funding and criminal reform and wants to legalize marijuana. Her campaign is supported by the Illinois State Democratic Committee, Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, she said.
Will County Democratic chairman Scott Pyles told the SouthtownStar last week that no one had yet indicated an interest in running for the House seat, but Serbin said she told Pyles she was running.
“I’m not moderate enough for him,” she said, calling herself a “logical liberal.”
“I just want to represent people and be open to ideas. I’m really excited about this. I have wit, sense and kindness. I hope that will be enough,” she said.
More information about Serbin is at her website,