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Roxana native, entrepreneur raising money for congressional run

A Roxana native is now raising money online in order to run for Congress.

Chris Miller has started a fundraising page at in order to run as a Democrat in the Illinois 12th, a seat held by U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro.

Miller is hoping to win the Democratic nomination in 2018. He did not respond to requests for comment.

Miller is the founder and CEO of the Mission Center in St. Louis, which works with nonprofits by providing accounting services and health insurance and helps manage nonprofits as they start up.

He also serves as a lecturer of Social Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis. He has volunteered for Democrats in past and was a Paul Simon Media fellow for the Illinois Lt. Governor’s office, according to his Facebook page.

Miller recently spoke at a gathering of Madison County Democrats about his candidacy.

“As far as I’m concerned, the land that gave rise to Sen. Paul Simon, the land that he chose to call his home, that’s hallowed Democratic ground,” Miller told the partisan crowd.

“I’m personally offended, ... the men and women that represent us don’t share our values, don’t share that same commitment to public service,” Miller continued. “I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to unseat Mike Bost, but I’m going to need all of your help.”

To do well, Miller said he would need the support of those in attendance at the gathering.

“The truth is I haven’t earned your support, so my only request is you give me the opportunity to do so,” Miller said.

Miller has yet to file paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission declaring his candidacy, but his Crowdpac site indicates he has raised about $1,500 in pledges so far.

Dean Pruitt, of Milstadt, and David Bequette, of Columbia, have announced their candidacies for 12th District Democratic nomination. Nathan Colombo, of Carbondale, has filed paperwork with the FEC in order to run.

The primary election is in March.

George O’Connor, communications director for Bost, is confident the second-term congressman would hold on to the seat despite the interest the race is getting on the Democratic side.

“Rep. Bost is proud to stand on his record in Congress, which includes legislation he’s introduced to help our steelworkers combat unfair foreign trade practices, to empower our farmers and small business owners, and to ensure our veterans get the quality care they deserve,” O’Connor said in an email.

“All of these measures have passed Congress or have been signed into law. Representative Bost continues to receive broad-based support from across the district and across the political spectrum, and we are confident that we have the values, the message, and the resources to stop Nancy Pelosi from taking control of this seat.”

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter