Mike Frerichs Officially Files Nominating Petitions for Treasurer Campaign
Springfield, IL- State Senator and Democratic candidate for Treasurer, Mike Frerichs (D-Champaign), officially filed nominating petitions at the State Board of Elections today. During the past 90 days, over 400 volunteers from every corner of the state collected 18,113 signatures from fellow Democrats.
“I’m incredibly honored that so many volunteers carried my petition in their communities. People told me the reception was overwhelmingly positive when they spoke about electing a progressive champion to the Treasurer’s office. Together, we’ve set up a strong network in hundreds of neighborhoods across Illinois which will provide the basis of our campaign for the next 11 months,” Frerichs said.
The Frerichs campaign undertook a vigorous effort to verify that every signature that came into their office was from a qualified registered voter so as to comply with the State’s new “submission cap” which set 10,000 signatures as the maximum a statewide campaign could file with. The Frerichs campaign verified 13,016 signatures, well above the max of 10,000 allowed, and collected a total of 18,113 signatures from 92 counties in Illinois. To qualify for the ballot, 5,000 verified signatures are required, which means the Champaign Democrat collected more than three times as many signatures than were needed.
For a first time statewide candidate who hails from Downstate, the response in Cook County and the City of Chicago has been extremely positive, with 7,686 signatures being collected from all 80 townships and wards. With no expected primary opposition, Frerichs enters 2014 in an extremely strong position and is focused on winning the Treasurer’s office back for the hard working families of Illinois.
Mike Frerichs has served as the State Senator for the 52nd District since 2007, representing Champaign and Vermilion Counties. Mike is currently Chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and was previously the chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee. Mike is originally from Gifford, Illinois (pop. 800) and was in the first generation of his family to attend college (Yale University). Previously, Mike was elected to the Champaign County Board (2000) and was Champaign County Auditor (2002-2007). He is also a certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO) and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting for his work in bringing transparency and strict oversight to the County’s budget. His slogan, “Standing Tall for Illinois,” is a play on his height. At 6 feet 8 inches, Mike is one of the tallest legislators in Illinois history.