BLOOMINGTON — Both Twin City state senators will seek re-election in 2018.
Jason Barickman and Bill Brady, both Bloomington Republicans, are making arrangements to run again next year, they told The Pantagraph. Petition filing for the March 20 primary election begins Monday.
“The why is we have important work that needs to be done in this state, primary addressing the fiscal climate of the state and hopefully changing the environment so we become more attractive to job creators,” said Barickman.
State representatives Dan Brady of Bloomington and Keith Sommer of Morton will also run for re-election; Bill Mitchell of Forsyth will retire from the legislature. All three are Republicans who represent part of McLean County.
David Paul Blumenshine, a Normal real estate agent and Republican, plans to challenge Dan Brady in the primary. Benjamin Webb, a University High School teacher and Democrat, hopes to face the winner in the Nov. 6 general.
Bloomington Democrat Jill Blair and Bloomington Libertarian Chris Howick are running for Sommer's seat.
Three Republicans and a Democrat, none local, have announced runs for Mitchell's seat.
Barickman, who helped negotiate a new school funding plan passed this year, didn't cite any specific policy goals for another term — he's currently pushing ethics reform related to sexual harassment — but said he'll "take on issues I believe are achievable and important to the people I represent.”
“I continue to believe that the majority party has buried its head in the sand and is ignoring the conditions of our state,” he said. “I plan to continue to be a champion for living within our means and changing our state so we attract jobs.”
Brady, who became the Senate minority leader this year, confirmed through a spokesperson that he'll run. He could not be reached for further comment.
Bill Brady and Dan Brady are not related.