Illinois Senate Candidates
Terri Bryant – IL 58th
As you know, Illinois is facing a number of challenges, including the ongoing aftermath of the COVID-19 health crisis, rampant political corruption, never-ending attacks on our Second Amendment rights, burdensome regulations on our small business community and a Democratic majority who steadfastly refuse to live within their means.
Illinois needs change. That change begins with responsible leadership, and lawmakers who set aside personal, political agendas and serve as advocates for the taxpayers and businesses of this state.
As your state senator, I promise to continue to represent the views of Southern Illinois and be a voice in Springfield for the people of the 58th Senate.
Erica Conway Harriss – IL 56th
“It’s time that an alternative voice represents Illinois,” Harriss said.
“What I hear from many people who live in the Metro East is anxiety and disgust with what is going on with our state,” she added. “The taxes, the crime, the cost of living and the frustration with corruption in Springfield is driving families out of Illinois. I know many people who have left and will be missed. This is a negative trend because every family that leaves our state under these circumstances is a loss to our economy and our community.”
Harriss said she wants to see the Metro East “thrive, attract jobs, and continue to grow as a prosperous and diverse region.”
Harriss added that the people need to know their elected officials will stand up to corruption, gerrymandering, special interests and even individuals in their own party when the other officials are wrong.
Wavey Lester – IL 57th
The 57th District, home to over 200,000 people, is a community made up of multiple municipalities located in Southern Illinois just across the Mississippi River from St Louis, MO. If you trust me with your vote and chose me to be your State Senator, unlike my opponent, I pledge to represent ALL 200k+ of you and address your needs both locally and in Springfield, regardless of your age, race, gender, social status or political affiliation.
IF you want change, you have to vote like you want change!
Jason Plumber – IL 54th
“Families are across this state are struggling to pay their bills while inflation and taxes are out of control. I supported numerous measures to freeze the gas tax, permanently, increase property tax credits, permanently, and to remove the sales tax on groceries and prescriptions, again, permanently. But after years of fee increases and tax hikes, the only thing the super majority Democrats would allow to move forward were shameless election year gimmicks that expire immediately after the coming election.”
“Meanwhile, crime is out of control in communities all over Illinois, leaving families rightfully scared. This is a situation set to get worse when the most dangerous provisions of their criminal justice bill kick in next year. What did the majority party do to help fight crime? While we able to get some much-needed help to cover costs for police departments, they refused to allow anything to advance that would hold violent criminals accountable and keep them behind bars, or to address the numerous concerns expressed by the men and women in blue who step up every day to serve our communities. Once again, the Illinois legislature is choosing to put criminals ahead of victims and our law enforcement professionals.”
“In short, this legislative session will be defined by election year gimmicks and window dressing, but not the common-sense reforms and long-term help the hard-working people of Illinois want and deserve.”
Illinois House of Representative Candidates
Ashley Hunsaker – IL 113th
Illinoisians are nickeled and dimed by Springfield politicians who do not face the same daily challenges hard-working families do. Families must balance their budgets; politicians never do.
Ashley will oppose tax increases and call for spending reforms to ensure tax dollars are spent efficiently in an open, transparent way.
Charlie Meier – IL 108th
During his time on the Washington County Board, Charlie was involved with negotiating for Prairie State Energy to build their coal mine and power plant in the SE corner of the county. Prairie State Energy is the largest business in Mid America. It brought in 3500 temporary construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs. This facility and other business expansion of the enterprise zone has given Charlie Meier a unique understanding of the energy and manufacturing industries in Illinois.
Charlie is a lifelong resident of Washington County, residing on his family’s Centennial Farm. In 2009 Charlie was awarded the State of Illinois Conservation Farm Family of the Year, which recognizes leaders in land conservation that uphold the responsibility to restore its natural productive beauty for future generations. He is currently working on his second development with villas and single family residences.
Jennifer Korte– IL 112th
“With my experience as a social worker and heart for advocacy, I will be a voice for the people in District 112,” said Korte. “I am simply a mom, trying to move Illinois in a positive direction. After talking with current state representative Katie Stuart (D-Edwardsville), I realized how far removed politicians are from understanding what their constituents want or need. The people of Illinois are frustrated with career politicians who have infiltrated our schools, taken away parental rights, exhibited government overreach, and wasteful spending. I know too many people who have left Illinois or are planning to leave. I want to make Illinois a place where small businesses thrive and where families want to raise their children.”
Kevin Schmidt – IL 114th
As a successful small business owner and doctor for 16 years, and lifelong local conservative, I will bring my patient-first mindset to Springfield so we can reduce costs and taxes for our hard-working Illinoisans.
With your support I will:
David Friess – IL 116th
“Today we learned of the indictment of Mike Madigan. One of the main reasons I ran for state representative was to root out the corruption permeating Springfield. With today’s announcement of charges of bribery and racketeering, the people of Illinois can rest easier. There is still a ways to go. Better reforms must be enacted, but it’s safe to say today was a long time coming.”
Joe Hackler– IL 112th
Joe's efforts moved from the local level to Illinois' corrupt political players. He’s now spent his career battling Speaker Michael Madigan's political machine and taking on the extreme agenda of Democratic lawmakers who kept him in power. Joe led the charge recruiting candidates to challenge Madigan's most loyal lawmakers and defeating two of them in nearby Southern Illinois districts. In 2020, he helped defeat a sitting Madigan-backed Illinois Supreme Court Judge, a first in state history.
Joe decided to run for state representative because he's tired of seeing his generation leave Illinois for other states with lower taxes, more opportunities, and less crime. Understanding we all deserve to live in a state where the government is transparent, ethical, operates within its means, and supports our first responders, Joe is ready to advocate for working families, bringing a new day in Illinois.