After nearly three decades of being represented in Springfield by former state Sen. Frank Watson, it’s difficult to imagine someone else in that position.
But with Watson’s decision to retire after suffering a stroke last fall, we must shift gears.
This week’s selection of Kyle McCarter, a Lebanon business owner, to fill the seat as state senator in the 51st District appears to be a good one.
As a small-business owner, he brings an appreciation of the needs and concerns of many of his constituents who also own or work for small businesses. He also has served on the St. Clair County Board for the past nine years, so he has an understanding of the workings of local government. His education in accounting also will be an asset to his work in Springfield, especially with the apparent lack of accounting skills among many of our legislators there.
McCarter will have to make the transition to a larger constituency base, but he brings valuable experience to the job. We welcome him and look forward to getting to know him better as he represents us.