Three seats in the U.S. Congress will be up for grabs this fall, and at least two of those seats will have contested primaries for Democrats and Republicans. Madison County has been dissected by three districts, the 12th, 13th, and 15th, and with the retirement of longtime Democratic Congressman Jerry Costello, there will be at least one new member heading to Washington D.C.
All three districts are newly drawn, with the most dramatic being the 13th District that covers much of the River Bend. Democrats on the ballot include Matt Goetten of Carrollton and David Gill of Bloomington. On the Republican side, current Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana is being challenged by Michael Firsching of Moro and Frank Metzger of Glen Carbon. In the 12th District, Democrats Brad Harriman of O'Fallon, Christopher Miller of Carbondale and Kenneth Wiezer of Granite City. For the Republicans, Rodger Cook of Belleville, Jason Plummer of Fairview Heights, and Theresa Kormos of O'Fallon. Congressman John Shimkus is now running in the new 15th District, and is unopposed for the primary. He will face Democrat Angela Michael of Highland in the fall.