ILLINOIS (KFVS) - Former Illinois State Senator Paul Schimpf announced his candidacy for Governor of Illinois.
Schimpf made his announcement via video conference on Monday, February 15.
“Illinois needs a governor who understands the day-to-day challenges that we all face, a governor who will live by the same rules that the rest of us follow, and, most importantly, a governor who will stand up to the entrenched special interest groups who have severely damaged our state,” Schimpf said during the announcement.
Following the virtual announcement, Schimpf will be traveling the state.
He is scheduled to make several stops Monday morning in the northern half of the state.
On Tuesday afternoon, Schimpf will have three more virtual announcement stops, including one at 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Memorial Park in Mount Vernon.
The former state senator represented the 58th District, which included Jefferson, Perry, Jackson and Union Counties.
He grew up in Waterloo, Ill. and attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
After graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.