Elections

2020 challenger to state Rep. Wilhour emerges

Name: David Seiler

Office seeking: State Representative in the 107th House District

Party: Democratic

Age: 54

Occupation: History instructor at Lake Land College in Mattoon

Factoid: Seiler previously ran in 2018 for the same seat. He lost to state Rep. Blaine Wilhour, R-Beecher City, by more than 15,000 votes.

Stance on the progressive income tax: “The voters need leadership that supports a fair tax plan for the state that keeps taxes level or provides tax relief for 99% of the people in the district.”

He said it: “During the campaign two years ago, I argued that electing me as state representative would give the 107th district a seat at the table in forming state policy. The message I heard in reply from my opponents was that they didn’t want a seat at the table because they disagreed with the majority leaders in the General Assembly. They got their way. By voting ‘no’ on virtually everything, our representatives and senators ensured their irrelevance and actually denied the voters of the 107th district a role in the policy making process in Springfield.”

For a list of candidates in the 2020 election, visit https://www.bnd.com/news/politics-government/election/.

BEHIND OUR REPORTING

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.
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