On Monday he filed a petition with the Vermont Secretary of State's office to run for reelection.
"I'm assuming the case is going to come out the way I think it should," McAllister said. "If it doesn't come out the way I think it should, well ... I've got to have faith in the system."
McAllister was arrested just over a year ago at the Statehouse. Authorities charged him with three felony counts of sexual assault and three misdemeanor counts of a prohibited act involving a total of three women.
Senate candidates have to collect signatures from at least 100 registered voters in their district to qualify as candidates. The filing deadline for state candidates is Thursday. McAllister, whose name appeared Monday afternoon on the Secretary of State's website, said he didn't have the luxury of knowing how the criminal case would turn out before deciding whether to file for reelection.
He said the reactions of people he approached to sign his petitions were almost all positive."I had a lot of people say, 'Go for it.'"
McAllister will face competition in the August 9 Republican primary for the two-seat Senate district. Rep. Carolyn Branagan (R-Georgia) and Sen. Dustin Degree (R-Franklin) are also running.