Richland County Sheriff Andy Hires is the latest to announce that he will seek the Republican nomination for the 109th District State Representative seat in the March 2020 Primary. Hires was reelected to his fourth term as Sheriff recently. The 109th District includes all or parts of nine counties in southeastern Illinois including Lawrence. He joins Cory Musgrave of Fairfield and Stephen Smith of Flora as candidates on the Republican side while John Spencer of Louisville is the only Democrat to seek the nomination thus far. All will be looking to replace current 109th State Representative Darren Bailey who is running for the 55th District State Senate seat being vacated by Dale Righter who is not seeking reelection.