EDITOR'S NOTE: David Friess's formal announcement of his candidacy occurred Tuesday after the Herald Tribune went to press. For full details of the event, see the newspaper's August 30 edition.
Former Chester High School graduate and current Red Bud attorney David Friess will challenge incumbent State Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton) for the 116th District seat in next year's election.
Friess held a formal announcement of his candidacy on Tuesday at the Cohen Home in Chester. An Aug. 10 Facebook post on his official candidate page stated he was "considering" challenging Costello, who ran unopposed in the November 2014 election.
"I'm a father, husband, combat veteran and Conservative fighter," Friess said in the post. "I see the dysfunction in Springfield being lead by the career politicians and special interests.
"I'm not sure I can stand by anymore and have our voice be that of a Madigan loyalist."
Freiss then asked his supporters for their thoughts and opinions before moving forward.
"Are you ready to fight back against the Madigan-Costello record of failure?" he wrote.
Freiss graduated from CHS in 1986 and enlisted in the Air Force after graduation. As a flight engineer, he participated in and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
After being laid off from Delta Airlines as a jet mechanic, Freiss returned to school and obtained his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Mercer University and his law degree from John Marshall in 1999.
Friess married Chester native Miki Sternberg in 1989 and the couple has two children, Jeda (12) and Thomas (10). Friess helps coach his son's sports teams and is an active member of the Sparta VFW and the Randolph County Bar Association.
He previously ran for Randolph County state's attorney, losing to current State's Attorney Jeremy Walker in the November 2012 election.