One of the candidates seeking the 115th district Illinois House seat officially announced her candidacy Thursday evening.
Tamiko "T.C." Mueller of Murphysboro is seeking the democratic nomination.
The SIU-Carbondale graduate is a veteran who owns her own real estate business. She's also in the midst of her third term on the Jackson County Board. Mueller says her work on the county board will serve her well in Springfield.
"I know what it takes to work as a team. We have both democrats and republicans on the Jackson County Board and I believe in working across the aisle so that we can make a difference for the people of southern Illinois, our constituents."
Mueller will join Marsha Griffin of Jonesboro in the March primary race.
Many local incumbents will face a primary challenge, including Murphysboro republican Terri Bryant in the 115th district. Paul Jacobs from Pomona is the GOP challenger.
Mueller says she's not surprised because voters are ready for a change.
"They're ready for people who are honest and they're ready for people who are wanting to work hard, roll up their sleeves and get it done. We just need to do it and come together. Once we unite, I believe the sky is the limit. We can do great things for southern Illinois."
Mueller's priorities are bringing industry to the district; providing additional housing for the homeless and veterans and offering more services to the elderly.