ILLINOIS (WCIA) — As another representative drops out, a longtime restaurant owner has decided he wants to run for a spot in the State House.
Mike Murphy wants to replace Sara Wojcicki Jimenez in the 99th District after she announced she’s not running for re-election.
Murphy beat out quite a few candidates already to get on the ticket. The former owner of lawmaker hot spot and breakfast joint, Charlie Parker’s, has gotten the nod from the Sangamon County Republican party this week. He beat six other candidtes for the endorsement.
Murphy, 63, of Divernon, served six years on the school and village boards. Now living in Springfield, he chairs the Sangamon County Citizens Efficiency Commission.
Murphy says he’ll be running as a fiscal conservative and wants to make sure, if he wins money is spent for the right reasons.
Also, just about a week after Governor Bruce Rauner signed the controversial abortion bill, Murphy says he was very surprised and is a pro-life Republican.
One topic Murphy did not comment on is whether or not he would have voted for the tax increase which Representative Jimenez did.
Even though the seat has been Republican for years, Murphy will have some Democratic competition. Marc Bell, of Chatham, a retired state police sergeant, is running.
This is not the Sangamon County Republican’s first endorsement. It also supported former assistant state’s attorney Steve McClure who is challenging incumbent Senator Sam McCann.
The group has also endorsed Springfield Alderman Herman Senor to run against Representative Sue Scherer.