Former Lt. Governor Sheila Simon has announced her candidacy for State Senate in the 58th District. She said her desire to run for the senate seat comes from her frustration with a governor who won’t sign a budget without stripping workers’ rights.
“The Governor’s priorities are clear — limits on workers’ abilities to make better lives for their families, and cuts for those who are voiceless and vulnerable. By failing to support child care and home services for seniors, the Governor is forcing working people to choose between earning a living and caring for a family member.” said Simon.
“The Governor, who has grown up with wealth and privilege, may not understand us. Or maybe he just doesn’t care,” Simon continued. “I will make sure he hears us.” “I will stand up for Southern Illinois ’ families and their jobs, for those among us who are vulnerable, and for our children who often get the short end of the stick when it comes to education funding,” Simon concluded.
Along with being a former Lieutenant Governor, Simon is a teacher, a former Jackson County prosecutor, and served on the Illinois Reform Commission, which helped to limit the influence of campaign contributions in Illinois.