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Dave Severin (left) receives the congratulations of Dale Fowler at a gathering of Republicans at Mackie's Pizza in Marion on Tuesday evening. Both Severin and Fowler defeated incumbents in their respective races.

Dave Severin, in his first term as state representative from the 117th district, announced Wednesday that he is seeking re-election, according to  a news release from his office.

The freshman legislator is in the process of collecting signatures to get on the 2018 ballot.

“It’s been my distinct and humbling honor to serve the people of the 117th district and Southern Illinois over the last nine months," Severin said in the release. "Last year, the voters decided they wanted to chart a new course for our region. With that in mind, I’ve worked hard to keep the promises I made during that campaign. Voting in the house, I have said no to higher taxes, no to taxpayer funded abortions, no to a bailout of Chicago Public Schools, and no to placing Mike Madigan as Speaker of the House. I’ll keep taking our voice and Southern Illinois values to Springfield every day.”

Severin was elected to office Nov. 8, winning the seat held by challenger and Democrat John Bradley. Severin owns All Stars-n-Stitches, a promotional products manufacturer in Benton, where he and his wife, Penny, reside. They are active members of Whittington Church.

— The Southern

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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Murphysboro and Perry County.

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