WEST FRANKFORT -- Tim Arview of West Frankfort will be announcing his candidacy for State Representative in the 117th District at 6 p.m. this Thursday at the Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois. Arview is running as a Republican and will be challenging incumbent Dave Severin of Benton for the seat.
The 48-year-old Arview is a 1989 graduate of Frankfort Community High School and works as an independent insurance agent in the community. He and his wife, Tawnya, have six children.
Arview said he is choosing to run for office for two reasons -- he feels God has spoken to him and because he has philosophical differences with Severin in how to conduct business as a state representative and represent the Republican Party.
"I just don't think Mr. Severin represents Republican interests," Arview said. "This is not something that I ever aspired to do, and I have no intentions of making it a long-term career. I'm just doing what God wants me to do."