MT. VERNON — State Rep. Mike Bost officially announced he is running for U.S. Representative in the 112th Congressional District with a campaign stop in the city.
"Like you, I'm disappointed in the actions coming out of Washington," Bost said. "I want a better and brighter future for this generation and the next generation."
Bost was surrounded by his family, including wife, Tracy, his three children and nine grandchildren. His parents were also with him, out in the crowd that gathered at Veterans Park at the Veterans Memorial for the announcement.
"I want a better, brighter and more secure future for our children," Bost said. "I want the kids of this generation to grow up in the America I remember — a strong country that embraced hard work, where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. Our children shouldn't have to pay for the mistakes being made in Washington today."
Bost said he will be traveling throughout the district in the next 15 months focusing his message on jobs, debt, smaller government, energy policy, veterans issues and the growth of small business.
"This campaign will focus on the main issues facing all of us today," Bost said. "We need common sense in Washington, and I feel it's my job to take it there."
Bost, the State Representative for the 115th District, said his experience not only as a legislator, but as a small business owner, Marine veteran and firefighter have given him the perspective needed in Washington.
"I understand the value of balancing a budget, meeting a payroll and making sure we don't overspend," Bost said. "That is something I've dealt with during my time in public service and as a business owner and also in our household. The policies coming from Washington are hurting Southern Illinois families. If we get Washington out of the way and give our job creators some stability and the opportunity to succeed, then we will see our economy turn around."
Mt. Vernon was one of three stops for the campaign, which included Belleville and Murphysboro, Bost's hometown.