BELLEVILLE — After six months representing the 12th U.S. House District, U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart said Monday he plans to run for a second term.
"Congressman Enyart intends to seek re-election in 2014," according to the statement by Enyart's office. "While his team is laying the foundation for a successful re-election effort, right now he's focused on doing the work he was elected to do, focusing on jobs and commonsense solutions instead of partisan bickering."
Enyart, a freshman Democrat from Belleville who was elected to his first term in November, will make a formal announcement about his re-election campaign at a later time, a spokesman said.
Enyart could not be immediately reached for comment.
The 12th District encompasses a dozen Southern Illinois counties, stretching south from Alton, in Madison County, to Cairo in Alexandria County, in the state's southernmost tip. His largest base of constituents is in St. Clair County.
Enyart's announcement that he is seeking a second time should come as no surprise to local political observers. His re-election campaign has so far raised $192,304, according to the Federal Election Commission's website.
Illinois state Rep. Michael Bost, R-Carbondale, is the only other candidate who has indicated an interest in running for the 12th District seat as a Democrat, although he has not formally announced. Bost 's fundraising so far has not surpassed the $5,000 barrier required for reporting to the FEC, the commission website shows.
Doug Bucshon, an O'Fallon veteran and former sports journalist, has announced his intention to run for congressman in the 12th District as a Republican. Bucshon would be making his first run for public office.
Enyart, 63, is a Belleville attorney and retired major general and commander of the Illinois National Guard. He won the race to replace longtime House member Jerry Costello, D-Belleville, by defeating Republican nominee Jason Plummer of Fairview Heights by nearly 10 percentage points.
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, a freshman member of the U.S. House representing the 13th House District, last week announced his plans to seek re-election. Three others have announced plans to run in the 13th District, including former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis, a Democrat.
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, representing the 15th House District, has not yet said whether he will seek re-election to a 10th term.