MT VERNON - Looks like there will be a Republican primary to fill Rep. Mike Bost's vacancy in the 115th House District. Earlier today, Murphysboro's Terri Bryant announced her bid for the seat. Later Tuesday, Jefferson County Board Chairman Robert "Bob" White sent out a press release making his intentions known that he's in the running for the 115th, too.
“I am running because I believe we need to continue to have strong leadership representing us in Springfield,” White said. “We need someone who can lead on the tough issues facing our state but who also listens to the concerns and needs of the people. In my view, government exists to serve the people and sadly our government in Springfield has too often been self-serving. What we need in Springfield is real leadership – not more career politicians.”
White owns Bob White Insurance Agency in Mt. Vernon and has served on the Jefferson County Board since 2008. White was elected County Board Chairman in 2010. Robert and his wife Kristina have one son and live in Mt. Vernon.
“We know what the problems are in Springfield,” White said. “We have a state government that cannot pay its bills. We have the second-highest unemployment in the country and we have the worst credit rating of all 50 states. We have real problems in Illinois. I will fight to make sure our Southern Illinois values are heard loud and clear in Springfield. I will stand up for a balanced budget, the right to bear arms and the sanctity of human life.”
“My approach to government service is to strive to achieve results,” White said. “Once we identify a problem, I seek out solutions. I believe good leaders listen to the people around them and I always tried to mindful of the views of the individuals serving with me and the views of the constituents I represent. My pledge to the people of the 115th District is to take that same commitment and dedication to Springfield.”