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August 21, 2013

Bryant announces run for state rep

MT. VERNON — Terry Bryant has announced her bid to run in the 115th District for State Representative.

“I’m qualified in a unique way and already have the connections on the state level to represent you,” Bryant told those at the Municipal Building West on Tuesday afternoon. “I want to help you get to know me. ... I am someone who can work together with you to get something done in Springfield.”

Bryant, a resident of Murphysboro, stopped in Mt. Vernon to make the announcement because she said she believes Jefferson County is an important part of the district.

“I want to send a clear message to Springfield,” Bryant said. “Although

we have had some good leadership in this district, I want them to know this is not easy pickings, you have strong, proven leadership.”

Bryant is currently employed by the Illinois Department of Corrections at Pinckneyville Correctional Center where she manages the dietary department. She and her husband Rick, have been married almost 23 years, and she was formerly the owner of the Bluebell Restaurant in Murphysboro.

“As manager of a nearly $3.5 million budget in IDOC, a former small business owner and wife and mother, I know firsthand how to meet payroll, balance a budget and live within my means,” Bryant said.

Bryant has also been very active within the Republican Party at the State level, not only working as president of the Governing Board of the Illinois Lincoln Excellence Public Service Series, but serving for three years as Coordinator of Coalitions for the Illinois GOP. As coordinator, Bryant said she was able to meet and work with people on both sides of the aisle — an ability which is important in a state representative.

“There has to be balance at the table,” Bryant said. “I’ve learned to build consensus. ... When you are in the minority, if you think you can force something down someone’s throat, that’s foolish. It’s much better to work together and work it out and get things done.”

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