Republican Paul Schimpf to challenge Gov. J.B. Pritzker in 2022 election

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ILLINOIS (WMBD) — Former State Senator Paul Schimpf announced his candidacy for Governor early Monday morning.

Schimpf is a Marine Corps veteran and served as an Illinois State Senator from 2017 through this year for the 58th District includes all or parts of Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, St. Clair, Monroe, Jackson, Union, and Washington counties.

Monday at 10:00 a.m., he will announce his campaign officially via Zoom.

Following his announcement, Schimpf will travel to Algonquin, Rock Island, Morris, Decatur, Mount Vernon, and Waterloo. These visits will take place Monday and Tuesday.

Currently, Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D-IL) is still set to run in 2022 for re-election.

Mary Morrissey, the Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois put out the following statement.

“Today, the Republican Gubernatorial primary kicked off with a Rauner/Trump acolyte announcing his candidacy – former State Senator Paul Schimpf.  Schimpf has been an avowed supporter of our two most disastrous elected officials and Illinois voters will reject his re-run of their failed policies in November 2022,” Morrissey said.

“Schimpf was a consistent vote for Bruce Rauner’s catastrophic agenda, even going along with his attempts to continue the historic budget crisis that resulted in Illinois going 736 days without a budget.  He supported Donald Trump’s re-election, even after the former President failed at his central task of keeping Americans safe by lying about the dangers of the coronavirus and instead promoting conspiracy theories,” Morrissey continued.

“Voters in Illinois have seen firsthand what happens when the Rauner and Trump agendas are put into place and they rejected them just as they will reject Paul Schimpf. His denial of science, opposition to helping working families, and embrace of extreme ideas may play well in a Republican primary but will result in his defeat in November 2022.”

Schimpf added the following statement during his announcement Monday.

“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,” he said.

“As I start this campaign, I am going to make a pledge to work hard, tell the truth,
and keep my promises. But I am also requesting your help, as well. Together, we
can renew Illinois. Renewing Illinois will not be easy. It will take trust,
leadership, and sacrifice. But make no mistake, renewal is possible if we work
together and believe in the future of our state,” he added.

For more information on Mr. Schimpf, visit

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