The 2024 primary election season is fast approaching. Illinois's primary is on March 19, 2024. In person, early voting starts at the White County courthouse today. Vote by mail ballots will also be sent out starting today.
Dave Severin (R-Benton) elected in 2023 to the 116th district, is a first time representative for White County citizens. Re-districting brought Severin to White County. The 116th district includes all or parts of Edwards, Franklin, Hamilton, Jefferson, Marion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, and White Counties.
Dave and his wife Penny Severin reside in Benton. Dave and Penny have been married for 45 years. They have one married son and two grandsons. Dave is the current owner of All-Stars-n-Stitches in Benton and Graphics Galore in Marion. The two businesses specialize in trophy making, embroidery, laser engraving, and graphic arts of all kinds for businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations including Centerstone and Special Olympics of Southern Illinois. Dave started his first business in his garage, built a successful enterprise, and has employed dozens of hard-working Southern Illinoisans throughout his 30 years as a small business owner/operator.
Prior to taking office as State Representative, Dave Severin served as the president of the Benton School Board for 29 years. In three terms as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Rep. Severin served as a member of several key House committees including Veterans’ Affairs, Higher Education, Elementary and Secondary Education, Tourism, and most recently the House Redistricting Committee. Rep. Severin is pro-life, pro-second Amendment, and favors a low-tax, low-regulation government philosophy. Rep. Severin has sponsored legislation that would lower taxes, decrease regulation on businesses and individuals, and strengthen ethics laws to rid the Illinois government of corruption.
Angela Evans, Benton
Angela Evans is a dedicated professional and community leader with deep roots in Franklin County, Illinois. She was born and raised in Jefferson County, in Scheller, and has proudly called Franklin County her home for over two decades.
Angela’s commitment to her faith, family, and community shines through in all aspects of her life. She is a devoted Christian, a loving wide to Daniel, and a proud mother of three, recently embracing the joy of being a grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren.
With a history of active engagement, Angela serves on various boards. She holds the distinction of being the first Republican woman elected to the Franklin County Board. She has also taken on leadership roles in children’s, women’s, and youth ministries, demonstrating her passion for nurturing and guiding the next generation.
Angela is a licensed Realtor in the State of Illinois. She is an esteemed member of the EBOR (Egypt Board of Realtors), showcasing her professionalism and commitment to the real estate industry. Over the years, she has accumulated a wealth of experience in public-facing managerial positions, demonstrating her dedication to serving the public.
In addition to her community involvement, Angela is an active member of the Sesser Area Chamber of Commerce, further exemplifying her commitment to the local business community.
Angela Evans is a staunch advocate for fiscal responsibility, emphasizing the importance of lower taxes, reduced government intervention, and accountability. She proudly supported conservative values, aligning herself as PRO-TRUMP, PRO-LIFE, and a lifelong member of the NRA.