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Phillips takes GOP nod for 110th District

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MATTOON (JG-TC) -- Reggie Phillips took the top spot in Tuesday's race for the 110th District GOP nod for state representative.

Darrell Cox of Ashmore, Kevin Garner of Hazel Dell and Reggie Phillips of Charleston faced off for the Republican nomination after Rep. Brad Halbrook, R-Charleston, opted out of a second term. Phillips took 5,799 votes, Cox had 5,532 votes and Garner received 2,532 during Tuesday's election, according to unofficial results from the counties of the 110th District.

Phillips said he was not prepared to comment by press time.

Throughout the campaign, the candidates voiced concerns over jobs, pensions and the state's overspending, among other topics.

Phillips, a self-employed businessman and local property owner, said previously that he believes the state debt could be erased by cutting programs that have been added during the previous two administrations and bringing employers to the state.

He said creating term limits and jobs will be two of his priorities.

There is not a Democratic candidate for the seat at this point; however, political parties have an opportunity to fill ballot vacancies before June 2. The 110th District encompasses Clark, Coles, Crawford and Cumberland counties and portions of Edgar and Lawrence counties.

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