Profile based on candidate's questionnaire. This is not an endorsement.
QUINCY - Adams County Circuit Clerk Randy Frese came within seven points of defeating Democrat incumbent State Senator John Sullivan in 2012. In 2014, he's vying to succeed State Rep. Jil Tracy (R-Quincy), who's stepping away from her 94th District House seat to run for lieutenant governor.
Frese worked for White Farm Equipment as a salesman before starting several small businesses in Central Illinois. In his second term as Adams County's circuit clerk, he and his wife of 29 years (pictured above, with their 3 daughters) are involved in civic causes such as Adams County Farm Bureau, St. Thomas Catholic Church at Camp Point, and the Quincy Exchange Club. Randy has erved on the Board of Directors for the Adams County Fair, as well as the Quincy Catholic Charities Board.
Frese faces a 2014 GOP primary challenge for the 94th House nomination by Monmouth's Marshall Schrader. State Rep. Jil Tracy endorsed Frese as the best candidate to fill her vacancy. "Randy’s integrity, work ethic, and love of West Central Illinois are the exact qualities we need...his agriculture and business background will serve the residents of the 94th District well!" she said.
In Frese's response to Illinois Review's candidate survey, he opposes making the 2011 income tax hike permanent and opposes changing from Illinois' flat tax to a graduated system. He opposes the right of public employees to strike and supports opening the way for Illinois to be a right-to-work state.
Frese opposes school vouchers and is undecided on whether Illinois should pull out of the Common Core curriculum standards. He supports term limits for legislative leaders and supports photo IDs for voting.
Illinois Review does not endorse this, or any, candidate. These bios are of the candidates that responded to our 2014 candidate survey by February 28th, 2014.