A Union County man this week announced his candidacy for the Illinois State Senate.
Anna City Council member Michael Bigler on Monday said he is a candidate for the State Senate from the 58th District. Bigler is a Democrat.
The seat currently is held by long-time incumbent Dave Luechtefeld of Okawville.
In a news release announcing his candidacy, Bigler said he plans to run "a strong grassroots campaign to engage the people's participation in the voting process unlike the current status quo."
“I plan to work as hard to get elected as I plan to work once in office.
"We need to put people to work. The current state of Illinois’ economy is unacceptable and big decisions need to be made.
"The trend of career politicians opposing legislation without offering alternatives is not leadership.
"We need a responsible proactive voice in Springfield to represent the people in Southern Illinois."
Bigler is the manager of the Bureau of Administrative Services at the Illinois Department of Transportation in Carbondale.
He is a graduate of Anna-Jonesboro Community High School, attended Westminster College in Westminster, Mo., and now resides in Anna, with his wife, Dori.
Bigler is the son of retired Union County Judge D.D. Bigler.
“I’ve served my community at the local level and have seen firsthand what isn’t working with our state and I think it is time to dedicate myself to public service at the state level," Bigler stated.
"We need to focus on improving public education, higher education, protecting the rights of our veterans, workers rights, access to basic healthcare and consumer protections,” he said.
"I also believe that state government should begin by tightening its belt in Springfield. We shouldn't be balancing the budget on the backs of frontline workers and retirees and by closing facilities," Bigler added.
Bigler believes major fixes need to be implemented to save the state’s future for generations to come.
Infrastructure investments, job creation, education reform, increasing tourism, and bringing the economy back are all top priorities for Bigler.
“I ask for your support and vote in November. When elected, I will serve you and the people of the 58th District. I will always vote with Southern Illinois in mind,” he said.
District 58 comprises Jefferson, Perry, Washington, Randolph, Jackson, Union, Monroe and St. Clair counties.
District 58’s constituencies include Mt. Vernon, Carbondale, Murphysboro, Anna and St. Louis Metro East communities and municipalities.