Pat Sullivan Touts Business Experience in Run For State Senate

By Audrey Williams

September 2, 2011 Updated Sep 2, 2011 at 10:45 PM CDT

A local businessman thinks his business experience can do some good in Springfield, that's why he is throwing his hat in the ring for the 46th District State Senate seat.

Pat Sullivan filed paperwork Friday for the position, and will now work on the collecting the required 2,500 signatures.

He thinks he can bring business sense, to help with spending and creating jobs.

Sullivan is running as a republican, but says politicians will have to work together to get things done.

"We're tired of lines being drawn in the sand. They want somebody in there that is just going to work, and work hard, and get things done. People are tired of the politics. We need to just keep working hard, getting jobs in here," says Sullivan.

Sullivan wears many hats in the Peoria area, but he is sure he will have time for the position with the help of his employees and support system.

Sullivan says he previously considered a run for state office, but says this time things just connected.

The 46th District seat is being vacated by Senator Dave Koehler, who is seeking a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois' 17th district.

Three democrats have already announced their bid for the 46th district, those include Peoria County board member Allen Mayer, East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus, and former Peoria City Councilman Jim Polk.

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