The Candidate: Michael Bigler
The Race: Democratic Party Candidate for Illinois State Senate in the 58th District
The Competition: David Luechtefeld
The Buzz: Bigler is the manager of the Bureau of Administrative Services at the Illinois Department of Transportation in Carbondale. He has served on his town's high school board and is currently city commissioner, both roles he believes will aid him in his campaign. He considers the top three issues in the state to be the budget, pension liability and corruption.
Bigler has publicly voiced his disagreement with the governor's plans to close the state prison in Tamms, Ill., stating that the resulting loss of jobs will negatively impact the region.