BEECHER CITY - Builder Blaine Wilhour says he's running to succeed retiring GOP State Rep. John Cavaletto in the 107th House District.
“I believe there comes a time when regular folks need to step up,” said Blaine Wilhour. “That is why I’m proud to announce my candidacy for State Representative. I’m running so we can create jobs, cut taxes, enact term limits, and protect our values. Never before has there been such a stark contrast in priorities between the politicians and the hard-working Illinoisans who they supposedly work for, that must change.”
Blaine co-owns and operates Longhorn Buildings, LLC. He’s also a third generation family farmer, which he says gives him the insight and experience to make the changes necessary to represent the concerns of Illinoisans fed up with an out-of-touch government.
“I’ve seen first-hand the effects of a dysfunctional government that doesn’t promote business growth and development. Instead, we are burdened with policies that lack common sense, stifle our economy and ignore the reality the average citizen faces each day,” Wilhour said.
Wilhour is likely to face Effingham businessman Brian Milleville in the district's March 20, 2018 GOP primary. Milleville says he has the backing of the Illinois Opportunity Project in the primary. UPDATE: Milleville notified Illinois Review after this posting that he is no longer associated with IOP or Liberty Principles - he says he is seeking no PAC endorsement.
Faith is Wilhour’s guiding principle, his press release said.
"He’s a committed Christian and understands the importance of family," the statement emphasized. Blaine and his wife, Amber, reside in rural Beecher City with their three children. They attend Christ’s Church in Effingham. Blaine is also an Army Veteran and a former member of the Fayette County Board.
"I am running to be the next State Representative for the 107th District. I am a father and a husband, a third generation farmer, and a small business owner,” Wilhour said. “My goal is to restore hope, give a voice to the hardworking men and women who’ve been ignored, and promote prosperity and opportunity for a brighter future in Illinois for our children.”