Wednesday, June 20, 2012

UIS student a write in candidate for state representative

There’s a new candidate in the running for state Representative in the 96th district, which includes parts of Decatur and Springfield. Andrew Dambrauskas is a 23-year-old student studying History at the University of Illinois Springfield. He’s announced he’s running for state representative as an independent write in candidate this fall.

Dambrauskas has served in Lincoln Land Community College’s Model Illinois Government group, but says now he wants a more tangible role in state politics.

“I was partially motivated because I was reviewing a couple, my two choices, to represent me at the statehouse, and I was generally dissatisfied with the both of them," he said.

Dambrauskas says he’s running on a pro-education platform. He says focusing on education would reduce crime in the the district and would help the district’s economy in the future.

He is a Southeast High graduate and is the son of John and Deej Dambrauskas. Schoolteacher Sue Scherer of Decatur is the Democratic nominee. Dennis Shackelford, a businessman from Rochester, won the Republican primary.

Dambrauskas was featured in a June 20, 2012, report by WUIS radio.

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