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Schimpf announces bid for Luechtefeld’s Senate seat

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. and Waterloo attorney Paul Schimpf announced Monday he would run to replace State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville.
Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. and Waterloo attorney Paul Schimpf announced Monday he would run to replace State Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville. Provided photo

Paul Schimpf, the retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. who ran unsuccessfully for attorney general in 2014, announced on Monday his campaign for State Senate.

Schimpf apparently has the blessing of current 58th District Sen. Dave Luechtefeld, R-Okawville, who will retire at the end of his term in 2016. An announcement from Schimpf’s campaign shows Luechtefeld will appear with Schimpf at each of three scheduled announcement stops on Wednesday.

Schimpf, 44, of Waterloo was not available for comment Monday. He is married to wife Lori and has two sons, Ethan and Garrett.

Also vying for Luechtefeld’s seat is Murphysboro Republican Sharee Langenstein. Langenstein, 45, a constitutional law attorney, has no previous campaign experience.

Langenstein’s campaign couldn’t immediately be reached for comment Monday. Langenstein is married to husband Michael and has six daughters.

This is Schimpf’s second try for public office. Incumbent Attorney General Lisa Madigan, D-Chicago, handily defeated Schimpf in the 2014 election, earning nearly 60 percent of the vote to his 37 percent.

Luechtefeld, who’s held his seat for more than two decades, confirmed in June that he wouldn’t run for re-election in 2016. He would have been forced to move had he chosen to run again because his residence in Okawville was drawn out of the district he currently represents. He could not be reached for comment.

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Tobias Wall: 618-239-2501, @Wall_BND

Want to see Paul Schimpf’s announcement tour?

  • Mount Vernon Veterans Memorial, 800 S. 27th St., Mount Vernon, 9 a.m. Wednesday
  • COM-PAC International, 800 W. Industrial Park Rd., Carbondale, 10:45 a.m. Wednesday
  • Monroe County Courthouse grounds, 100 S. Main St., Waterloo, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday
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