GILSON – State Rep. Donald Moffitt, R-Gilson, announced his bid for re-election to the 74th Legislative District during a fundraiser held Sunday at the Moffitt family farm near Gilson, about 2 miles from Knoxville.
The veteran lawmaker officially launched a run for his 12th term during the annual Citizens for Moffitt-sponsored picnic that included music, wagon rides, and antique cars.
"My time in the General Assembly has been spent working for a better life for the residents of the 74th district and all of Illinois," Moffitt said in a news release. "Government should help us help ourselves, and that is what I have tried to do."
Moffitt highlighted his initiatives for interest-free loan programs for fire trucks and ambulances, rule changes to ensure emergency medical services in rural areas, efforts to retain and create Illinois jobs, and strengthening the state's agriculture.
After the 2011 redistricting of the 74th legislative district, Moffitt now represents all of Mercer County; Henry County, except for Colona; the northern part of Galesburg/Knox County; most of Bureau County; and the southwest corner of Lee County.
On Sunday, Moffitt also cited his initiation of the Amtrak Corridor Group with Princeton, Kewanee, Galesburg, Macomb, and Quincy, and its efforts to secure additional Amtrak service in Illinois – service that would link Moline to Galesburg, creating an "Education Corridor."
"The Amtrak Education Corridor would link our local education institutions, Knox College, Western Illinois University, Augustana, Black Hawk and Carl Sandburg Colleges with other major colleges and universities in Illinois," he said.
Moffitt was first elected to the legislature in 1993, after holding several other public offices including Knox County treasurer, Knox County Board member and chairman, Knoxville City Council member, mayor of Oneida and alderman in Oneida. Moffitt also worked as a teacher and a full-time farmer.
In the 2012 election, he defeated Atkinson Democratic mayor August "Gus" Junior, winning 64.9 percent of the vote.
Moffitt serves on the following committees: Agriculture and Conservation; Appropriations-Public Safety; Public Safety: Police and Fire Commit (Republican spokesperson); Counties and Townships (Republican spokesperson); Elementary and Secondary Education; Museums, Arts, and Cultural Enhancement; Veterans Affairs; Local Government Consolidation.