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|Former State Representative To Run For Congress
|It's official: former Quad Cities State Representative Mike Boland is running for Congress.
Boland is touring the newly-redrawn 17th Congressional District announcing the move, and stopped in Galesburg Friday afternoon.
Boland commented on this week's closing of the Archer Daniels Midland soybean processing plant in Galesburg, and says maybe the company can change its mind like the mayor has suggested, but with a big change.
"We need to, as part of diving into this green economy, to expand the use of ethanol and biodiesel," he says. "That not only helps the farmers in their corn markets andsoybean markets. They come into town and spend their money in smaller communities like Galesburg and places like that."
Boland says, however, ADM can't be forced to stay here, and likely won't be saved in the short term.
Boland says he also wants to try and get foreign manufacturers for wind turbine parts to come to the U-S and locate somewhere in the 17th district.
Boland is one of at least three other Democrats running for the seat, possibly against incumbent Bobby Schilling.
|08 26 11 by Newsroom
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