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|Two New Democrats Running in 17th
|Two new faces have emerged in recent weeks as candidates for the newly-redrawn seat in Congress representing the 17th Congressional District.
The additions of Cheri Bustos and George Gaulrapp to the list of candidates for next spring's primary make three Democrats and a fourth possible candidate all looking to unseat Republican first-termer Bobby Schilling.
Bustos is a former journalist, having spent a good portion of her career, she says, at the Quad-City Times, winning awards and she says breaking news on government corruption and greed.
She's also a former Vice President of Public Relations at Iowa Health Systems, and was a Corporate Communications head at Trinity Regional Health System in Rock Island.
Bustos is currently an alderman on the East Moline City Council, and has degrees in political science and journalism.
Bustos says she wants to visit every city in the 17th, filed her paperwork on Friday, and will make a formal announcement later this month.
The other new candidate is Freeport Mayor George Gaulrapp. Galurapp has ties to this area, being a 1981 Monmouth College graduate and previously ran in what is now Illinois' 16th Congressional District, losing to incumbent Don Manzullo last November.
Gaulrapp is in his second term as Freeport Mayor, after serving eight years on the city council.
Both Bustos and Gaulrapp are married with children, and join Peoria State Senator Dave Koehler in running. Former State Representative Mike Boland is still considering a run.
|07 04 11 by Newsroom
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