Dr. Eric M. Wallace announced his run for the state Senate in the 40th District on Monday, setting up a challenge to three-time Democratic incumbent Toi Hutchinson (D-Olympia Fields) on a message of “rebuilding the moral fabric of our state.”
In a press release, Wallace, who is also a minister and co-founder of the President of Freedom’s Journal Institute for the Study of Faith and Public Policy, stressed he believes Illinois residents have had enough and that he can be an agent of change for many of them.
“The celebrated author and social commentator Dr. Shelby Steele once said, ‘People will change when they are exhausted with their suffering,’” Wallace said. “He asserted this within the context of the civil rights movement. However, I believe it is still applicable today. For decades, Illinois has been entangled in Chicago-style politics with its corrupt politicians employing ‘pay to play’ tactics to advance their political careers. I say that it’s time to R.I.S.E. out of our suffering for a new beginning.”
Illinois state Senate candidate Dr. Eric M. Wallace
R.I.S.E. is an acronym for responsible government; individual liberty and fidelity; strong family values; and economic empowerment values and principles espoused by Freedom's Journal Institute. Wallace is also a former member of the African American Advisory Board for the Republican National Committee, a member of the Outreach Advisory Board for the Illinois GOP and co-chairman of the Cook County Republican Party.
“My work at Freedom’s Journal Institute, the Republican Party in general, and as a minister, in particular, have prepared me to represent the residents of the 40th District,” Wallace said.
Wallace resides in Flossmoor with his wife Jennifer, where they serve the community as members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.