SAVOY — Democrat Scott Bennett, the former prosecutor appointed to the state Senate last year to replace State Treasurer Mike Frerichs, formally announced Wednesday that he will run for a full term in 2016.

So far, Bennett doesn’t have a Republican opponent in the 52nd Senate District, which includes most of Champaign and Vermilion counties, with much of Champaign, Urbana and Danville within its boundaries.

Bennett, of Champaign, was a Champaign County assistant state’s attorney when he was appointed to the Senate in January by the Democratic Party chairmen of Champaign and Vermilion counties.

“I am forever grateful and humbled by that selection,” Bennett said Wednesday at his official campaign announcement at a Savoy union hall.

Bennett said he intends to “make sure that the University of Illinois gets full funding so that we have more financial aid for students and so the U of I can be the institution that it needs to be.

“I also want to work very hard for vocational training so that those who don’t want to go to college still have a path so they can support their families. Those are numbers one and two on my list.”

He said he still isn’t taking a position on whether the state needs to reinstate an income tax increase.

“I’m not making any comments on the budget until we see what everyone puts together,” he said. “But if we find that more revenue is needed — and right now all signs seem to indicate that we’ll have to find some additional revenue somewhere — we need to make sure that everyone is at the table to reach that decision.”

Bennett said “the best way to do it is by approaching from many fronts, that way no one group gets hurt.”

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