Wright seeking GOP nomination
for U.S. Senate
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[SEPT. 13, 2003]
Jonathan Wright, former
state representative from Logan County, announced on Friday that he
is seeking the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat that will
become vacant next year.
Wright joins a field of eight
candidates who will be competing in the Republican primary in March
of 2004 for an opportunity to fill the seat currently held by Sen.
Peter Fitzgerald, R-Chicago. Fitzgerald is not running for a second
term in the November 2004 general election.
Wright, a graduate of Chicago Kent
College of Law, served in the Illinois house from June of 2001 until
January of 2003, filling an unexpired term. Currently an assistant
state's attorney in Logan County, Wright remains active in the
Republican Party, serving as a deputy committeeman for the 18th
Prior to becoming Logan County's
assistant state's attorney, he practiced law in Monmouth, Pekin and
Lincoln and worked for the attorney general's office in Springfield.
He lives in Lincoln with his wife and four children.
Wright wants to bring "a message of
change" to the people of Illinois.
"The people of this state have heard
too many politicians recite platitudes and clichés in each and every
campaign, only to find more of the same failed government policies
still plaguing our society at the next election cycle. My campaign
is not designed to tell the voters what they want to hear but rather
to bring a message that I think will resonate with the common sense
of the people," he said.
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"I do not think I can single-handedly
change government. I am, however, willing and able to fight the good
fight for real change for the better. In my 18 months as a state
representative in Springfield, I witnessed too many examples of
elected officials who campaigned on promises, only to find that they
lacked the fortitude to fight for those same issues in committee, in
debate or on the floor. I pledge my commitment to work for the
issues I believe in even if they are deemed politically incorrect or
even if they cost me an election. This commitment is the source for
real change," he added.
He is a member of the Park Meadows
Baptist Church in Lincoln, where he coaches the church's basketball
team. "I define myself by my faith in God and my Christian beliefs,"
he said. "That is a valuable insight on who I am and what my values
Wright can be reached by e-mail at
email@example.com. He is currently putting together a
website at www.wright2004.com
to outline his policy positions.