Paul Schimpf, a retired marine and current Waterloo attorney is now set to take a seat in the Illinois Senate after defeating Carbondale Attorney Sheila Simon Tuesday night.
Schimpf will assume the seat being vacated by retiring Senator David Luechtefeld in January. He won the race by obtaining 42,839 votes for 62.7 percent, while Simon received 25,451 votes for 37.3 percent, with 183 of 232 precincts reporting.
Simon conceded to Schimpf through a phone call at about 10 p.m.
Schimpf said he was happy with the way the campaign went and said his opponent ran a solid campaign.
“I would like to commend Sheila Simon on running a hard-fought, honorable campaign,” on a phone call with The Times. “She is a tremendous public servant and I hope she will remain active in the public sphere.”
He followed up to say he is humbled by the fact the voters in the 58th District have placed a large amount of trust in him.
“The challenges our state faces are real and severe,” he said. “Solving them will require humility, hard work, and bipartisan cooperation.”
The Waterloo Attorney ran for Illinois Attorney General against Democrat Lisa Madigan, which he lost. He knew he had a hard fought race ahead of him against the Carbondale native Simon.
The 58th District comprises all or parts of eight counties: Washington, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Jackson, Union, Monroe and St. Clair