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Meet the candidates who want to represent the 91st District

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East Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- Two candidates are hoping to take over the state house from the 91st District.

For the Republicans it's Pekin Mayor Mark Luft.

Luft prides himself on being able to bring all political parties to the table to start the conversation.

He hopes he's able to do that in Springfield to get more done.

Luft wants to focus on ethics reform in the capitol.

"One of the things that's driving me is the ethics reform. That is something that desperately needs to happen. Things will not change until the leadership there changes, that leadership has been in that spot for way too long," said Luft.

For the Democrats, long time teacher Josh Grys is hoping to secure the spot.

He said his run is years in the making.

Grys said he wants to focus on the people not the party.

To stick to that, he said he hasn't taken any Democratic Party Money to run.

The candidate wants education reform across the state to be a priority.

"About five or six years ago, I was teaching and realize that the teaching, the whole system is not quite what I thought it was. And it started getting me thinking about what I wanted to do. And I went to become an administrator decided that that wasn't where the real decisions that were going to impact everybody were. And so I started realizing that it was at the state level," said Grys.

Grys hopes he can bring unity back to the capitol to get more accomplished.

Alex Menke

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