The area’s newest state senator said there’s a lot of work to be done, and he’ll be getting down to it very soon.

Democrat Scott Bennett made the comments Monday after he was sworn in as the newest senator in the 52nd district, which comprises portions of Champaign and Vermilion counties.

Bennett said education and the economy are two of the most important issues to him as he takes office.

Bennett, 37, an assistant Champaign County state’s attorney, is expected to be formally selected this morning and later sworn at the Champaign County Courthouse.

Frerichs, who will be sworn in around noon today as Illinois’ new state treasurer, resigned from the seat at shortly before midnight last night.

Bennett, who will serve the two years’ remaining Frerichs’ current term, was chosen for the post by Champaign County Democratic Party Chairman Al Klein and Frank Wright, who holds the same position in Vermilion County. Eleven other Democrats applied for the position, including Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, former Vermilion County Clerk Lynn Foster and Laurie Bonnett, who was Frerichs’ chief of staff and is president of the Champaign school board.

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