Metro-East News

State representative from Urbana decides against challenging Davis

A state representative from Urbana who was mulling a campaign for a congressional district that stretches into the metro-east has decided against running for the seat.

Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, announced Monday night that she will not seek the nomination to be the Democratic candidate in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. The winner of the Democratic nomination will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, in the 2018 election.

In a news release, Ammons reprimanded Davis for voting in favor of the Republican health care bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act. Instead of trying to unseat him, she stated that she will focus on her current elected office.

A spokeswoman for Davis said the congressman is focused on issues in Washington, D.C., such as tax reform, repealing the Affordable Care Act and passing sanctions on Russia.

Ammons was elected to the General Assembly in 2014 after beating Sam Rosenberg, a Democrat who was backed by House Speaker Mike Madigan and had raised $185,000 to Ammons’ $16,000.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel