State Rep. Mike Unes

It now appears there is only one Republican contender in the race to succeed retiring state Rep. Mike Unes. 

The Illinois State Board of Elections sustained objections to the petitions of Pekin Republicans Corey Campbell and Samuel Goddard. 

This leaves only Pekin Mayor Mark Luft on the GOP ticket in March. He's set to face Democrat Josh Grys in November. 

Unes, an East Peoria Republican, announced his retirement last year as he takes a new job with UnityPoint Health. 

The seat covers swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties. 

Tim Shelley / WCBU

After state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) announced his retirement from the Illinois General Assembly at the end of this term, interest for his seat is brewing on both sides of the aisle.

Pekin Mayor Mark Luft is currently circulating petitions to run for the 91st District seat as a Republican. The seat covers large swaths of Tazewell, Peoria, and Fulton counties, including parts of Bartonville, Pekin, East Peoria, and Canton. 

Luft hasn't yet returned our request for comment. 

Retiring state Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) is UnityPoint's newest executive.

State Rep. Mike Unes (R-East Peoria) is not running for a 6th term.

Unes announced Thursday he is retiring after his current term ends in January 2021.

This Nov. 13, 2013 file photo shows the Ameren Corp. power plant outside of the southern Illinois town of Newton. / AP Photo/Jim Suhr, File

Vistra Energy announced Wednesday it is closing its coal burning power plants in Canton, Havana, Hennepin and Coffeen.