Randy Frese, a former Adams County Circuit Clerk, won the Republican Party’s nomination for the open 94th District State Representative seat. While voters largely picked Frese, Warren County voters largely preferred opponent the hometown guy — Marshall Schrader.
Schrader tells WGIL he might have lost, but he couldn’t be happier with how he ran his campaign.
“Anybody who knows anything about this race knows that we ran hard, knows that we ran well, and knows that we ran clean,” Schrader said. “We’re completely satisfied with what we did, and I’m happy to say that the voters of the district were able to choose. I wish they would have chosen me, but they didn’t, and I’m okay with that.”
Schrader says when it comes to the issues, he and Frese probably would have voted the same way, and he’s confident Frese will do a good job representing the 94th district.
Frese, who’s now looking ahead to November’s election while awaiting the potential slating of a Democratic party opponent, tells WGIL he believes voters responded to his ability to relate to them.
“Growing up on a farm, still owning a piece of that family farm, having an ag degree from Western Illinois University, and being a member of the local Adams County Farm Bureau, keeps me in touch with the issues that concern agriculture,” Frese said.
Frese says agriculture is a very important part of the lives of the people in the 94th district, and it’s something he plans on working for if he makes it to Springfield.