FRANKFORT, IL — State Senator Michael Hastings has announced his bid for Illinois Secretary of State. Hastings, a U.S. Army combat veteran, has pledged to serve working class families across the state, a release states.
The election for Secretary of State will be held Nov. 8, 2022.
Hastings, a Democrat, is currently state senator for the 19th District, which includes Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Harvey, Flossmoor, Hazel Crest, Homer Glen, Homewood, Joliet, Lockport, Markham, Matteson, Country Club Hills, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Olympia Fields, Orland Hills, Orland Park, Park Forest, Richton Park, Tinley Park and University Park.
Current Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced in 2019 that he would not seek reelection in 2022.
Hastings believes the Secretary of State’s office “can be a catalyst for getting Illinois back on track while continuing to provide first-class services to Illinois drivers, business owners, and others,” a release states.
Hastings has been endorsed from the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, and has already raised more than $500,000 for his campaign, according to a release.
“Senator Hastings has always been a staunch advocate for the labor movement and a strong proponent of policies that lift the middle class,” Gary Perinar, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters, said in a release. “Mike’s decision to run for Secretary of State is a boon to working families and a win for voters who expect candidates to be honest, level-headed and hard-working. His background, experience, legislative record, and work ethic give me the utmost confidence that he is the right person for this job.”
“It has been an honor to dedicate my life to public service, representing working class families of Illinois,” Hastings said in a release. “In the State Senate, I have put the working people of Illinois first, helping to create apprenticeship programs, implementing automatic voter registration to make it easier for everyone to vote, and fighting to get us out of this pandemic, both from a health care standpoint and an economic one.”
Hastings has served as State Senator since 2013.
Hastings praised Jesse White as a leader who has forever left his mark through his integrity and exemplary service to the country and state, a release states. Hastings wants to continue White’s progress to further modernize and streamline the Secretary of State’s office by: expanding online services, including license renewals for drivers and businesses in good standing; promoting economic development and entrepreneurship through a robust array of business services, including lower fees for starting a business; strengthening protections for Illinois voters and consumers by focusing on information security and preventing identity theft; expand organ donation awareness and prioritize greater investment in technology improvements for our libraries.
Hastings stated that leadership is essential when leading one of the state’s largest constitutional offices.
“This is the most routine interface people have with state government, and it is essential they receive top-tier services,” he said in a release.
Hastings grew up in the southwest suburbs, and earned All-State honors as a football player, a release states. He went on to play football at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He was an officer in Iraq and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal. He served in the U.S. Army for 10 years.
According to a release, Hastings routinely conducted operations across a dangerous stretch of road known during the war as the “Highway of Death” between Kuwait and Iraq. Hastings stated that keeping Illinois’s highways safe would be personal for him.
Hastings lives in Frankfort with his wife, Katie, and their two children, Mikey and Maddie.
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March 3, 2021 at 11:42AM