Another Southern Illinois Congressional primary winner is bailing out.  A short time after U. S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana) decided not to continue in the race in the new 13th District, the Democrat who won the primary for an open seat in the neighboring 12th District is doing the same. Brad Harriman (pictured) cites health concerns and will no longer be a candidate to succeed U. S. Rep. Jerry Costello (D-Belleville).

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“He went to his physician,” said Costello. “He’s had some back problems, neurological problems, for some time, and they have worsened over the past several months, and he is going to have to have surgery, so he has decided to end his campaign.”   Costello, as the state committeeman, will head up a search for a new candidate, assembling the county Democratic Party chairs from the twelve counties in the district. The person selected will run against Republican Jason Plummer.  Both Costello and his son, State Rep. Jerry Costello II (D-Smithton), say they are committed to their current plans: retirement and re-election, respectively.


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