Highland News Leader

Rep. Charlie Meier announces re-election bid

State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) officially announced his re-election bid for the Illinois House of Representatives on Saturday before family and friends.

Meier, who was first elected in 2012, will be seeking his third term for the state House in 2016. He represents the 108th district, which includes parts of Clinton, Madison, St. Clair, and Washington counties, including Highland.

“I am ready to go back to Springfield and continue representing the interests of my district by supporting a balanced budget, sponsoring legislation to bring jobs to our region, and overall working to improve the effectiveness of state government,” he said.

Meier said he will continue to advocate for the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.

“Fighting to keep Murray Center open was my focus before and after my first election in 2012,” said Meier. “We accomplished the unthinkable, we never gave up.”

Getting the state’s fiscal house in order will also be a main priority, Meier said.

“As state representative, I will never give up representing the people I represent in the state of Illinois. I have more I want to accomplish which is why I am announcing my intentions to run in 2016.”

Meier is a lifelong resident of Washington County, residing on his family’s Centennial Farm. In 2009, he 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.