With eight months to go before the March party primaries, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, on Tuesday made it official: The freshman Congressman will run for re-election as representative for the 13th U.S. House seat.
Davis made clear his plans with an announcement issued by spokesman Andrew Flach.
"We are actively raising money and building support for Congressman Davis' bid for re-election in 2014," according to a statement Flach released.
Little suspense, however, preceded Davis' announcement. He already raised $403,555 for his re-election campaign, including $250,963 in contributions from political action committees, plus another $139,141 in individual donations, according to Federal Election Commission records.
U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, a freshman House member representing the 12th House District, has not announced officially whether he will seek re-election. But he has raised $191,432 for his 2014 campaign, including $111,155 in political action committee dollars, plus another $80,242 from individual donors, FEC data show.
Both Davis and Enyart are the only candidates in their respective districts to raise money for the 2014 campaign.
Davis' two declared GOP primary rivals -- Jose Ruiz and former Miss America Erika Harold -- have not reported raising any money, according to the FEC.
Ann Callis, the only candidate in the Democratic primary in March, also has reported raising zero dollars, according to the FEC.
Michael J. Bost, the only Republican who filed for the 12th District primary, has not raised any money, according to the FEC. No Democrats have filed to challenge Enyart in the primary.
The major party primaries are scheduled for March 18. The general election is set for Nov. 4.
Davis squeaked to victory last November over Democratic rival Dr. David Gill, of Normal, prevailing with less than 1 percent of the overall vote to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Champaign.
Enyart had an easier time, winning by nearly 10 percentage points over GOP candidate Jason Plummer, of Fairview Heights. Enyart replaced U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, who held the seat for more than 24 years.