There are now two Republicans who are looking to be the Congressman for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.
Eugene Farrell of Roseville announced his bid on Friday, which will set up a GOP Primary in March, after real-estate attorney Esther Joy-King launched her campaign two weeks ago.
Farrell is a U.S. Army Veteran who says that the people of the 17th district deserve to be properly represented.
His announcement signals a campaign platform of protecting the right to bear arms, controlling healthcare costs and keeping education affordable.
He also mentions an intention to bring federal jobs back to the District which is comprised of Monmouth, Galesburg, Princeton with parts of Rockford, Peoria, the Quad Cities and Pekin.
Democrat Rep. Cheri Bustos has held the seat since 2012 and has announced her intentions to run again in 2020.
Over the last three and a half decades, only two years has the 17th District seat been held by a Republican; Bobby Schilling who was elected in 2010.
Farrell has some political experience, being elected a Republican Committeman in 2016.
He ends his release by saying he asks the 17th district for the opportunity to return jobs locally, and echoing President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, Farrell says “it is time to Make District 17 Great Again.”