Mayville said he kept his word to keep his campaign clean, adding, “I can’t say that about the other side.” Mayville said the one thing he’s learned in 40 years of politics is “the people that say the most nastiest things always win. People tend to believe what they are told.”
He added, “Michael Madigan comes in and trashes someone’s reputation with white lies and $215,000 from Springfield and Chicago against me is hard to overcome.”
Bryant has been employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections since 1994. She is a supervisor of the dietary department at Pinckneyville.
She also has experience in the private sector, first through farming with her husband Rick and then the couple helped operate the Bluebell Restaurant in Murphysboro.
She has been a precinct committeewoman since 2006. She is also vice president of the Jackson County Republican Women’s Club, and a delegate to Illinois Republican conventions in 2008 and 2012.
“I’m proud of the race we ran and we kept it clean and on message,” Bryant said. “That’s what we’re going to do going forward. The message is: lower taxes, more personal freedom and less government intervention and jobs, jobs, jobs.”
Bryant added Jefferson County was a significant part of the race. noting, “I really, truly love Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County.” Bryant carried Jefferson County by a 63-37 percent margin.
In defeat, White released the following statement on Wednesday:
“I appreciate the individuals who supported me with their vote, time and effort in this endeavor. I wish Terri Bryant the very best in her race to November.”