Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar on Tuesday endorsed Jason Barickman over Sen. Shane Cultra in the 53rd Senate District Republican race.
"Jason Barickman worked for me, and I know he's a person who can help change state government in Springfield." said Edgar. "We need new leadership to move Illinois forward. Jason Barickman will provide effective, fiscally conservative leadership at a time when we need it the most."
Barickman, 36, a state representative who now lives in Champaign, welcomed Edgar's backing.
"I'm honored to have Governor Edgar's support," he said. "Governor Edgar successfully led state government through difficult times. I want to apply the principles I learned from him to demonstrate similar leadership in the Senate."
Barickman and Cultra, a member of the Legislature since 2003, are running in the new 53rd Senate District that includes portions of Ford, Iroquois, Livingston, McLean, Vermilion and Woodford counties.
Edgar also has endorsed state Rep. Chapin Rose, R-Mahomet, in his 51st Senate District race against Ellsworth Republican Tom Pliura.