A Republican candidate who ran unsuccessfully two years ago against Congressman Jerry Costello is out of this years primary after being removed from the ballot. Teri Newman of Highland did not have enough valid signatures on her nominating petitions, and the Illinois State Board of Elections ruled this week that her name would not be on the March 20 primary ballot.

Newman said in a statement to the media that "Illinois will continue to have the government it deserves, and knowledge and integrity are unwelcome in politics." A potential candidate needs 600 valid signatures from registered voters in the 12th Congressional district, and the state elections board removed 57 from her petition of 618. Granite City resident Michael Brimm issued the challenges to some of the signatures and Newman said she did not know him. There are three other Republicans, and three Democrats, who will appear on the ballot next month to replace Costello who is not running for re-election.

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