Democrats have chosen a Vandalia resident to run in the 54th state Senate district.

Local party chairmen have slated Brian Stout to run against Republican Jason Plummer, of Edwardsville, for the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon.

McCarter, who has been nominated to be ambassador to Kenya, is not running for re-election, and Plummer beat out three other candidates in the March primary for the GOP nomination. Democrats did not have a candidate on the ballot, so the party leaders had the option of slating a candidate after the primary.

In a news release, Stout said he wants to focus on job creation, increasing funding for education, and investing more state dollars in local infrastructure.

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