EDWARDSVILLE - U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis said his top priority for a second term would be a balanced federal budget that does not include the Affordable Care Act.
Davis, R-Taylorville, announced his bid for re-election -- what he called the "worst kept secret" in the district -- at Cleveland Heath restaurant in Edwardsville, the end of a five-city tour across the 13th Congressional District Monday.
"It's an honor for me to be standing here," the freshman Republican told a crowd of supporters that included Madison County Republican Chairman Andrew Carruthers and Godfrey Mayor Michael McCormick.
Davis said his top priorities would be to balance the federal budget, put a "down payment" on the national debt and eliminate or at least delay the Affordable Care Act. He voted last week in favor of the House's continuing appropriations bill that removed funding from the health care program.
Davis said his freshman class had had "some successes," including a bill he cosponsored that named the new Mississippi River bridge: Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. Illinois representatives wanted it to be called Veterans Memorial Bridge; Missouri leaders wanted it named after baseball legend Stan Musial.
"All it did was prevent Illinois and Missouri from having a civil war, so you're welcome," Davis said.
Davis said one of his priorities will be to stop the Affordable Care Act from being enacted into law, calling it a "trainwreck."
Davis will face challenges from his own party as well as across the aisle. Crest Hill Republican Jose Ruiz and Harvard Law graduate Erika Harold of Champaign will challenge Davis in the March Republican primary.
Former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis, university physicist George Gollin and libertarian social policy analyst David Green will run in the Democratic primary.
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