Weaver shares plan for campaign without a Democratic challenger in sight

Travis Weaver via WeaverforIllinois.us
Travis Weaver via WeaverforIllinois.us(WEEK)
Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 5:27 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - One of the biggest upsets in the area came from Pekin Mayor Mark Luft’s loss to political newcomer Travis Weaver for the 93rd House District in the Illinois General Assembly.

Luft will retain his position as Mayor but will no longer be a state representative in Springfield.

Weaver is the son of former State Senator Chuck Weaver, but he has not held office himself. He attributed last night’s success to taking time to get to know voters.

Every General Assembly district was redrawn following the 2020 Census. In the 93rd district, 90% of the voting population was different than the district’s previous boundary. That means that both Luft and Weaver were new names to a majority of the voters in that district.

Right now, Weaver is running for a district covering a large portion of Tazewell County, eastern portions of Peoria County and stretching north to Knox county. He currently does not have a Democratic challenger for that seat.

The Democratic parties in those counties have the option to come together and slate a candidate for that race. That potential candidate would have to gather the correct amount of signatures in order to appear on the ballot. It’s not clear right now if those party chairmen and chairwomen plan to do that. The deadline for slating an opponent is late July.

Weaver is open to the possibility of a challenger, but until then plans to support other Republican candidates facing opposition in November.

“It’s important that the will of the people is what is done. If there is a Democrat is nominated on the other side, it’s certainly somebody that I would welcome, respect,” Weaver said. “I would encourage them to go our and meet the voters.”

If no candidate is slated, Weaver will run unopposed and likely take the 93rd House District seat.

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