BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) — Former McLean County Board member Sharon Chung was elected over Normal Town Council member Scott Preston on Tuesday to represent the newly-drawn 91st district in the Illinois House of Representatives.

According to Preston’s campaign Facebook page, he called Chung Tuesday night to concede.

With the victory, Chung becomes the first Korean-American to serve in the General Assembly and the first Asian-American elected to the Illinois House outside of the Chicago area.

For the first time since the 80s, Bloomington-Normal will be represented by a Democrat. Chung said her goals are addressing rising costs of living for 91st District families and all Illinoisians.

“We sort of talked about suspending the grocery tax indefinitely, seeing what we can do about gas taxes; just trying to find other ways we can cut the costs of healthcare for people. These are sorts of things that are real issues for everyday families here,” Chung said.

Chung used to serve on the McLean County Board, formerly representing District 4. She said she hopes to use that experience of working with both parties as she transitions into a member of the General Assembly

The new 91st district includes parts of central Bloomington and Normal, and then stretches west toward Bartonville and East Peoria.