CHAMPAIGN — State Sen. Mike Frerichs says he plans to run for state treasurer.
The Champaign Democrat announced his plans Friday. He said he believes he can bring a track record of accountability and transparency to the office.
Current Treasurer Dan Rutherford is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
Frerichs has been a state senator since 2007. The 39-year-old is from Gifford in rural Champaign county and previously was county auditor and a member of the county board.
Frerichs told potential supporters in a fund-raising letter earlier this year that he was considering a run for statewide office.
Other declared candidates for treasurer so far include former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Schillerstrom from DuPage County.