May 29, 2003

Attorney Patrick Windhorst announced today that he will be a candidate for Massac County State's Attorney in 2004.

In front of supporters at the Massac County Courthouse, Windhorst held a press conference to declare his intention to seek the Republican nomination next March.

"I'm running for office because I want to serve this community, which has given so much to me, and because I have the ability and judgment necessary to be an effective state's attorney," Windhorst said.

Windhorst stated that he plans to run a "vigorous, energetic campaign" and plans to continue that tone if elected state's attorney.

With the primary election ten months away, Windhorst acknowledged he was getting a quick start to the campaign. Windhorst added that his move to enter the race early demonstrates his desire to serve.

"I want to bring my campaign to the citizens of Massac County early and show them how excited I am about the race and about working for them as state's attorney."

Windhorst, a life-long resident of Massac County, is the son of Pat and Pam Windhorst of Metropolis. He graduated from Massac County High School, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a bachelor's degree in journalism and with honors from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a law degree. Windhorst is an attorney with the law firm of Denton & Keuler and holds licenses to practice law in Illinois and Kentucky. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Metropolis and is an assistant basketball coach at Unity Elementary School. In December, Windhorst was awarded the 2002 Republican Volunteer of the Year in Massac County.

The primary election will be held on March 16, 2004, with the general election set for November 2, 2004.