State representative looks to move up to replace Schimpf in Illinois Senate

As Democratic and Republican candidates may now begin circulating petitions to run in the 2020 elections, one Republican is in the race to replace state Sen. Paul Schimpf, R-Waterloo.

State Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphsyboro, has announced she wants to succeed Schimpf, who said he does not plan to seek a second term in the state senate.

She made her candidacy official last week at the DuQuoin State Fair.

“I am running to be 58th district Senator to fight against the liberal-progressive agenda being pushed on the people of Southern Illinois by corrupt Chicago politicians,” Bryant said in a news release.

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58th State Senate District Illinois State Board of Elections

Bryant was elected to the state House of Representatives in 2014.

A Democrat or Republican who wants to run for state senator needs to gather between 1,000 and 3,000 valid signatures.

Tuesday was the first day potential candidates could start circulating petitions to be on the ballot. Petitions have to be filed between Nov. 25 and Dec. 2.

The primary election is scheduled for March 17, with the general election on Nov. 3, 2020.

The 58th state Senate District runs from southern St. Clair County to Union County, and stretches east to Mount Vernon.

Bryant has a voting record which would probably do well in the downstate senate district, including votes against the progressive income tax proposal, legalization of recreational marijuana, and “overreaching” gun control legislation.

She also voted against abortions being covered by state insurance and Medicaid, which was signed by former Gov. Bruce Rauner.


Why did we do this story?

The November 2020 election may be more than a year away, but candidates are starting to organize and begin the process to appear on the ballot. On Sept. 3, candidates were allowed to begin collecting signatures on petitions that are required to appear on the March 17 primary ballot. Official filing of petitions is scheduled from Nov. 25 through Dec. 2. The BND will cover the important steps leading up to the election as part of our role in giving you information that will help you participate in civic life and be a watchdog of the candidates and the election process.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referenda.