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Rushville Alderman Announces Bid for 93rd Legislative District
By Benjamin Cox on November 24, 2019 at 9:21am
Republican Norine Hammond will have a Democratic challenger next November. KHQA reports that Rushville, Illinois resident Scott Stoll announced his candidacy for the 93rd Congressional District in the Illinois House on Saturday. Stoll currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Moreland and Devitt Pharmacy and also serves as 2nd Ward alderman on the Rusvhille City Council.
Stoll is a decades-long resident of Rushville. Stoll is the founder of the Rushville Chamber of Commerce. He serves on the chamber’s board. He also is also part of the Rushville Little League Board, Grow Rushville and Brown-Schuyler County CEO Board of Directors.
Schuyler Co. resident announces bid for IL House of Representatives District 93 seat
RUSHVILLE, IL — There's a new candidate hoping to represent Illinois' 93rd District in the House of Representatives.
Rushville, Illinois resident Scott Stoll announced his candidacy for a seat in the Illinois House on Saturday.
Stoll currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Moreland and Devitt Pharmacy.
He also serves as an alderman for Rushville's city council.
Stoll says he has a proven record of investing in infrastructure, small businesses, and small-town values.
"We need to support having new businesses, new business opportunists creating jobs in these industries while also giving people in these towns new opportunists to buy merchandise to go out to eat with family. We want to keep people living and working in the towns they serve in," said Stoll.
The democrat says he wanted to focus on middle-class tax burdens and make healthcare more accessible.
Scott Stoll wins representative primary in IL 93rd District
Scott Stoll has won the Democratic primary to represent Illinois' 93rd representative district.
One hundred percent of the precincts were reporting shortly before 10 p.m.
Stoll won the bid with 65% of the votes while Vera had 35%.
Stoll will now face Republican incumbent Norine Hammond in the November 3 general election.
Rushville voter shares Stoll’s strengths
By Steven Barnum / Voice Correspondent
RUSHVILLE — The race to see who will challenge Rep. Norine Hammond in November to lead the 93rd district is heading into the final three days.
Scott Stoll, 40, appears to be taking a pragmatic approach to the campaign, which he believes may help win over voters who don’t typically vote for Democrats, but are looking for a different voice. Stoll is backed by the Democratic Party in Illinois, which his opponent, Emiliano Vera, has criticized for being out of step with voters. But Rushville resident Kyra Dean sees a different perspective.
“People say he’s (Stoll) a corporate businessman. He’s not,” Dean said. “He works for a small, family-owned independent pharmacy and I’m proud to work for him.”
Dean said that when she came out as transgender while working for Stoll, he showed her nothing but support, a change of pace from many employers who may not be as understanding or respectful.
Since first working for Stoll, Dean has risen to larger roles at the pharmacy, which has allowed her to get more insight into what experience and skills that Stoll brings to the table.
“I got to see Scott as a leader and business owner,” Dean said, “and how he’s grown that business in just a few years. Working alongside Scott, I know what kind of character he is.”
Stoll, who was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, is also an alderman in Rushville. Dean said that he has been instrumental in passing ordinances designed to improve life for her and her neighbors.
Dean, who considers herself an Independent voter, has been disappointed with what she’s seen from the Republican Party nationally. In 2018, she voted for John Curtis, and in 2020, she is excited to vote for Stoll. If Stoll advances to the general election, Dean acknowledges the challenge that would come in defeating Hammond in a traditionally conservative district.
But his business experience, his focus on reducing healthcare and prescription drug costs, and his ability to work with others is what gives Stoll a fighting chance, according to Dean.
“He has progressive ideas, but he also remains grounded. He’s got a quiet, calm temperament about him, which I think is welcome in today’s political climate. He looks at both sides and I think he can help reverse the divisiveness,” Dean said. “He’s not a selfish person.”