WSIU partnered with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper to interview candidates ahead of the March 17 primary in Illinois.
All candidates were asked the same questions, and given up to 30 minutes for their interview. In the 55th State Senate race, there are two men running for the Republican nomination, as State Senator Dale Righter is not seeking re-election. State Representative Darren Bailey and Jeff Fleming are vying for the open seat.
1) Tell us about yourself, and why you're running.