The winner of last month’s 50th District Senate primary says he won’t let the prospect of an unexpected new challenger affect his campaign plans.
Incumbent Senator Sam McCann beat Springfield prosecutor Gray Noll last month in the Republican primary. But now Bob Gray, head of the Citizens Club of Springfield, is circulating petitions to challenge McCann as an independent in the November general election.
McCann says he had planned all along to reach out to voters and make a case for the seat based on his own record, and says that won’t change even if he winds up facing Gray in the fall. So far, McCann does not have a Democratic opponent in the November election.