EFFINGHAM – A conservative downstate lawmaker officially launched his campaign to run for governor of Illinois on Monday.
Illinois state Sen. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) made the announcement with his wife that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for governor in 2022., pledging to take on “political elites” during a kickoff event in Effingham.
The Republican gained statewide and national attention for defying Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive orders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Bailey was part of a lawsuit against Pritzker for extending the state’s stay-at-home order in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Bailey is running on a platform of lowering taxes and stopping reckless spending. The 54-year-old from Xenia is a farmer who also runs a Christian school with wife Cindy. After winning an Illinois House seat in 2018, he was elected to the state Senate in November in a district that covers east-central Illinois.