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State Representative Dave Severin Announces Campaign for Re-Election

BENTON – State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) announced his campaign for re-election on Sunday. Severin, a Benton native, who has served in the Illinois House since 2017, says he believes his strong conservative record makes him the right Republican to lead Southern Illinois in Springfield.

“After taking out one of Mike Madigan’s top lieutenants in my first campaign, I have worked to rid this state of corrupt influence, stop the radical liberal abortion agenda, and protect our God-given constitutional freedoms,” Severin said. “My record as a conservative Republican puts me in the strongest position to represent the people of Southern Illinois in the Illinois House.”

Severin has served as a member of several key House committees during his first three terms, including Veterans’ Affairs, Higher Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Tourism, and most recently the House Redistricting Committee.

“My fellow redistricting committee members and I worked hard to expose the Springfield Democrat politicians that went behind a closed, locked door to draw severely gerrymandered maps for the coming 103rd General Assembly,” Severin said. “This year’s legislative map-making process was another in a long line of political power grabs perpetrated by the Democrat party and aided along by Governor Pritzker. Democrats rigged these maps in their favor and then passed legislation that allows inmates to vote from county jail and other egregious abuses of our election code. In other words, they’ve rigged the maps and the elections in their favor in this state. We’ve got to have people in Springfield that will challenge this governor and the democrat politicians and hold them all accountable for their lack of transparency and broken promises.”

“As State Representative, I refused to take a legislative pension. I voted to strengthen ethics laws to stamp out corruption, and time and again have rejected pay raises for politicians. I believe any efforts to undermine or defund our police make all of us less safe!”

Severin kicked off his campaign by walking in the Mt. Vernon Fall Fest parade on Saturday and held a successful fish fry fundraiser in his hometown of Benton on Sunday where he made his formal announcement.

“Penny and I are so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement we have received,” Severin said. “I’m running for re-election because I want to make this state respected again. I’ll continue working to attract tourists to Southern Illinois, and to grow good-paying jobs here so our kids and grandkids will be able to prosper in a state they can be proud to raise their family.”