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Former local lieutenant governor nominee joins race for state senate seat

Jason Plummer
Jason Plummer

A former lieutenant governor candidate is now running for the state senate.

Jason Plummer, of Edwardsville, confirmed on Facebook he is seeking the seat being vacated by state Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, who said he is not running for re-election.

“I am running for the 54th State Senate District because it is my home and Southern Illinois needs a strong, conservative voice who will get the job done, protect our communities and defend our values,” Plummer said on his campaign Facebook page.

Plummer is the fourth candidate to jump into the Republican primary for the 54th state senate district. Also running are Rafael Him of New Baden, Ben Stratemeyer of Centralia, and George Barber, the Greenville University men’s basketball coach.

The primary election is in March, ahead of the November 2018 election.

Plummer, the vice president of R.P. Lumber, was the lieutenant governor nominee when state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, ran for governor in 2010. Brady lost to former governor Pat Quinn.

In 2012, he was the GOP candidate in the 12th congressional district and lost to Democrat Bill Enyart, of Belleville.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter