Brian Stout is slated to run as the Democratic candidate for Illinois Senate in the 54th District.

The post is currently held by Republican Sen. Kyle McCarter, who was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the next ambassador to Kenya. Stout, a small business owner and local elected official, wants to focus on job creation, increasing funding for education, and investing more state dollars in rebuilding local infrastructure.

“I’m honored to accept the nomination to run for state senate,” Stout said. “As a small business owner who has been active in my local community, I’ve seen first hand how middle-class families are struggling to get ahead. We have real challenges ahead as we work to undo the damage Bruce Rauner has done to our state and local economies. And it’s time to elect a new state senator who values public service over self-service.”