Southern IL Senator Bailey Running for Governor
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MARION - Southern Illinois State Senator Darren Bailey has announced that he is running for governor.

Bailey made the announcement in Effingham on Monday night, and followed that with a stop in Marion on Tuesday morning. He told a crowd at the Southern Illinois Mercantile Company he believes Illinois is in trouble under the leadership of Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker. 

He told West Kentucky Star, "God's been good, He keeps expanding our territory and all I'm doing is standing firm, speaking up for the people, standing their ground, speaking up against the political elite establishment, and people kind of seem to like that."

Bailey made headlines when he filed a lawsuit against Pritzker last year, saying the governor exceeded his authority by issuing executive orders aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19.  

When asked about the bus he's using to campaign, which has decals referring to Bible verses in Ephesians, Bailey said he's gotten compliments about it, but journalists from the state capitol chastised him for it on Monday. 

Bailey said, "What a shame that people don't understand that this nation has its foundation on the word of God. That's where our answers are at, and the sooner we return to that, the quicker that we'll get our moral, fiscal, financial house in order."

Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives in 2018, Bailey won the race for the 55th State Senate District which includes Fairfield, Olney and Carmi. He and his wife, Cindy, own a family farm in Xenia, and they have four children and eight grandchildren. 
Former state senator Paul Schimpf has also announced his candidacy for governor on the Republican ticket. 

Published 11:50 AM, Tuesday Feb. 23, 2021
Updated 06:03 PM, Wednesday Feb. 24, 2021



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