McClure running for state Senate to improve 'toxic' business climate, finances
Steve McClure is running for office in the 50th state Senate District in a bid to oust incumbent Sen. Sam McCann, who has been in office since January 2011.
“I’m running for office because we have to turn Illinois around now, and most of the people in the state senate are convinced that Illinois is doing just fine,” McClure told the West Central Reporter. “Our state has a toxic business environment, our finances are a mess, and crime and drug use is out of control. Things have to change.”
McClure worked as a felony attorney in Sangamon County where he prosecuted drug dealers, burglars, violent criminals, gang members, and perpetual thieves, according to his website.
According to an article by The State Journal-Register, he stepped down from the state’s attorney's office to run for the state Senate.
“I have been a prosecutor for nearly six years,” McClure said. “My public service has given me real-world experience that I can take with me into the capital to help combat the severe crime and drug problems we are currently faced with.”
He also worked for the state Senate Republicans for over a year while studying for his master’s degree in political studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield.
“That job gave me tremendous insight into what it takes to actually get legislation passed and how to be an effective legislator,” McClure said.
The former attorney also has bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from Arizona State University and a law degree from Valparaiso University Law School.
“I officially decided to run for office … when I came to the realization that our current state senator has moved so far to the left on fiscal issues that he has become a part of the problem instead of a part of the solution,” McClure said. “I understand that Illinois is broke and I am ready to make tough decisions to get us on the right path.”
Should he be elected, McClure said he hopes to see the Illinois Republican Party move further to the right on fiscal issues.