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Former assistant attorney general enters race against Rodney Davis

Erik Jones, a Democrat, declared his candidacy for the 13th Congressional District against Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, on Monday.
Erik Jones, a Democrat, declared his candidacy for the 13th Congressional District against Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, on Monday.

A former Illinois assistant attorney general declared his candidacy for Congress on Monday.

Erik Jones, a Democrat, announced his intentions to run against Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, for the 13th House District.

“I’m running for Congress because our best days can still be ahead of us if we stand up and fight for them,” Jones stated in a news release. “And, when it comes to speaking up for underdogs and fighting for everyday people, I’ll put my record up against anyone’s.”

Jones touted his experience with investigations. In one, he “uncovered that FEMA ignored the toxic levels of formaldehyde in trailers it provided to victims of Hurricane Katrina,” the news release said.

Jones previously worked on the Investigative Counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and as the Chief Investigative Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce.

Jones was born in Centralia and lives with his family in Edwardsville, according to his campaign.

Several other people have declared their intentions to run against Davis, including Benjamin Webb, a high school teacher; Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, from Springfield; and David Gill, a doctor from Bloomington. Carol Ammons, a state representative from Urbana, is also considering running against Davis.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel

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