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Coffey Elected To 95th District Vacancy

Republicans have their selection for the 95th District. Mike Coffey Jr. was appointed to fill the 95th District vacancy left by Tim Butler.  Butler resigned in December.  Coffey will be sworn in and take the oath of office next week on the first day of the 103rd General Assembly which is Wednesday< January 11th, 2023. 


Sangamon County Republican Central Committee Chair Dianne Barghouti Hardwick thanked Tim Butler for his service to the voters of his district and says that they made an excellent choice with Coffey.  Mike says he is honored to serve the residents of the 95th district.  “As a small business owner, I understand both the opportunities of our great state and the struggles of working families.  I will work hard to build on Tim Butler’s record of dedicated service to our communities and honor the legacy of the hometown of Abraham Lincoln.”


Coffey is a lifelong resident of Springfield and owner of the Papa Frank’s restaurant.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Springfield Metropolitan Exposition and Auditorium Authority (SMEAA) board, which governs the Bank of Springfield Center. 


The appointment for Coffey was made by a weighted vote of the 95th District Republican county chairs based on the number of ballots cast in each county in the November election.  Sangamon County held 94% of the vote, Christian County had approximately 5% of the vote, and Macon County had 1%. 

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