Dillon Clark doesn’t believe in waiting to pursue his passion.
While many recent college graduates are still finding their way in the world, Dillon wants to find his way to the state’s capitol.
The 2015 Illinois College graduate last week formally announced his run for state representative in the 95th District, which covers Christian, Macoupin, Madison and Montgomery counties. He is going up against Rep. Avery Bourne, who at 22 was the youngest representative in the state when she took office in 2015.
Clark, 26, isn’t new to office. He is a member of the Montgomery County Board.
“I feel like there are two things you should do in life. One, you should serve God. And two, the main reason He put us here is to help and serve others,” Clark said. “I feel like there’s a lot I can do.”
Clark was born in Litchfield and graduated from Hillsboro High School before attending Illinois College in 2011. During his time in college, Clark served on the Student Senate and as class president. He said those experiences served as inspiration for getting into politics after graduation.
“I really liked the atmosphere and the small home town [at IC]. I like that it was close to home but most of all I liked the people there and everybody was very welcoming,” Clark said. “I think [IC President] Barbara Farley is doing an awesome job, too. She’s always full of energy and she almost encourages people to go to IC just from her personality alone.”
Though Clark is running on a Democratic platform he said he is not a “federal Democrat” like Hillary Clinton and believes it’s time the party started representing the people.
On the issues, Clark said that he wants to promote job growth, protect the Second Amendment, fight for fair and affordable education and improved senior care, honor and take care of the nation’s veterans, and be a friend to the agricultural business.
He said that he wants to represent and empower the state’s middle-class.
“The number one thing we want to do with this campaign is to defend the middle class because, right now, nobody is doing that,” Clark said. “That’s the group I want to fight for.”
Nick Draper can be reached at 217-245-6121, ext. 1223, or on Twitter @nick_draper.