A large crowd of Adams County Republicans made the trip to the Dale Wiewel farm near Fowler on Saturday to hear GOP gubernatorial candidate Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia).
Bailey gained notoriety while, as a state representative, suing Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker for extending executive orders that closed Illinois businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bailey and his family own Bailey Family Farm and his sons are the fourth-generation to be involved in agriculture. Bailey and his wife, Cindy, also started a PreK-12 private school, Full Armor Christian Academy, in Louisville, Ill. in 2016. Cindy Bailey is Full Armor’s executive director.
Bailey sits on the Agriculture and Education committees in the Illinois State Senate.
His message to the partisan crowd was direct: That Pritzker needed to go because he has removed control from local governing bodies in Illinois.
State Senator Jil Tracy (R-Quincy) and Rep. C.D. Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) were two of the many local Republicans in attendance. Davidsmeyer represents the 100th District, but redistricting will move him to the 99th District, which runs through the middle of Adams County and includes Quincy.
Rep. Randy Frese (R-Quincy) currently represents that territory in the 94th District, but he will also be located in the 99th District for that election in 2022.
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