In May of last year, Ann Callis abruptly stepped down as Madison County’s chief circuit judge in May of last year, after serving 18 years on the bench. The Democrat says it's time to use her experience to help people in new ways - in Illinois' 13th Congressional District.
The Democrat said it was time to 'use her experience to help people in new ways' when stepping down last year.
She entered what became a crowded field for the office, facing two other Democrats, and three Republicans, including incumbent Rodney Davis.
A veterinarian from Illinois’ Metro East area is making a third primary bid for Congress. Michael Firsching previously ran for the state's old 19th Congressional district, and lost a primary 2012 bid for the 13th district.
He lost to Congressman John Shimkus in 2010, and he was defeated in 2012 by former 13th District Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana. This year, Firsching is in a field of six candidates, three from each major party, including Republican incumbent Rodney Davis of Taylorville.
A day into the federal government shutdown, it's already turning into campaign fodder for next year's election.
Congressman Rodney Davis is facing competition from both sides as he aims to hold onto his central Illinois seat. The Taylorville Republican is looking at a primary challenge from former Miss America Erika Harold; three candidates are trying for the Democratic nomination: University of Illinois physicist George Gollin, U of I social policy analyst David Green and former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis.