Savoy Trustee Ruggieri Announces Candidacy for Senate

Savoy, IL… Savoy Trustee AJ Ruggieri (R-Savoy) announced on Thursday his candidacy for the Illinois State Senate’s 52nd Senate District.  Ruggieri, who made the announcement at the Champaign County Courthouse, was joined by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady and other local leaders who are supporting his candidacy. In making his announcement, Ruggieri touted his service in the Illinois National Guard, which has taken him to Afghanistan, as well as domestic deployments.    

“My nearly 19 years in the Illinois National Guard have been the greatest years of my life, said Ruggieri. “I’ve seen firsthand the difference we made in Afghanistan, and I’ve worked tirelessly to protect our interests here in the United States.”   

Joining Ruggieri in his campaign launch was Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady who said, “The hard-working residents of the 52nd District need AJ Ruggieri in Springfield and I’m proud to endorse him and support his campaign.”

Also in attendance was State Rep. Mike Marron (R-Fithian), Champaign County Recorder Mark Shelden, Village of Savoy President Joan Dykstra, and Champaign County Republican Party Chairman Dee Shonkwiler.

Ruggieri said his campaign was calling for change in Springfield, and that change starts with the resignation of House Speaker Michael Madigan.  He also vowed to stand up to Governor Pritzker and his tax and spend policies, which includes his opposition to the graduated income tax.  Furthermore, he said he’d fight for the interests of Central Illinois. 

“Central Illinois is the heartbeat of our great state,” said Ruggieri. “We need to have a voice in the policies that impact our state.  Unfortunately, the Democrats in Springfield are interested in higher taxes that benefit only Chicago.  As a State Senator, I will fight for the middle class and for our communities.”

To learn more about AJ and his candidacy, visit


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