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Congressional candidate Brendan Kelly wants to hear from you about the opioid epidemic

Brendan Kelly announces run for Congress

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says he will run for the Democratic nomination for Congress in 2018.
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St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly says he will run for the Democratic nomination for Congress in 2018.

Democratic Congressional candidate Brendan Kelly announced a three-stop tour of Southern Illinois to converse with families struggling with the opioid epidemic in their communities, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

“Brendan knows that the best solution to fixing our greatest problems is showing up, listening and hearing from families about the issues that are keeping them up at nights,” said Sam Barrett, Kelly’s campaign manager. “Brendan is holding conversations with folks all over the 12th District, face-to-face, to hear their top concerns at a time when too many feel shut out of what’s happening in Washington.”

For his first “Conversations with Kelly” tour, Kelly will be accompanied by professional drug counselors and police who are on the front lines of the opioid fight, the press release stated.

Kelly will take questions from the audience and also listen to concerns of those in attendance.

The first three “Conversations with Kelly” will be held in Madison, Williamson and Jackson counties. Locations and times will be announced on the Brendan Kelly for Congress Facebook page soon.

“The opioid crisis is real and hurting families across Southern Illinois every day,” Kelly stated in the press release. “The scraps that Congress has left to fight this devastating problem is a spit in the ocean compared with what it is going to take to make a real, lasting difference in the lives of so many.”

Kelly, a Democrat, is seeking to unseat U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, who currently serves the 12th Congressional District.

Kelly has served as St. Clair County State’s Attorney since 2010.

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