An O'Fallon veteran and former sports journalist has announced his intention to run for congressman in the 12th District as a Republican.
Doug Bucshon, a 20-year veteran of the Illinois Army National Guard, has never held a political office. After his retirement from active duty, he has worked as a sports journalist covering University of Illinois basketball and football.
His campaign slogan is "Change the Future."
"I will focus on creating high-wage jobs for the people in the St. Louis, metro-east and Southern Illinois regions," he said in his announcement to run for Congress. "I will also work tirelessly to change the poisonous political culture in Washington, support veterans and current service members and stand in the way of any future efforts to close Scott Air Force Base."
Bucshon noted that with the next round of Base Realignment and Closure likely to begin in 2015, one of his main concerns, if selected as the Republican party candidate, would be working to protect Scott.
"Scott Air Force Base is the largest employer in our district," Bucshon said. "I will protect Scott from any new rounds of BRAC. The base is home to several command and control elements that represent logistics for the United States military. It is vital to our national defense, and I will fight to insure that it remains so."
Bucshon has been married for 20 years to his wife, Princess. The couple have two sons.
The seat currently is held by William Enyart, a Democrat from Belleville who replaced longtime congressman Jerry Costello.