Metro-East News

High school teacher drops bid for congressional seat

Benjamin Webb
Benjamin Webb

A high school teacher who wanted to unseat U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, is ending his run for Congress.

Benjamin Webb, freshman English and theater teacher at University High School in Normal, announced he is no longer seeking the Democratic nomination in the 13th congressional district.

Webb hoped to face off against Davis, a Taylorville Republican who was elected in 2012.

“I have learned a great deal since beginning this process and look with earnest as to the future of this midterm election,” Webb said on his website. “(The Illinois 13th) holds such potential and we look forward to the progress we can make in our communities — together.”

Remaining in the race for the Democratic nomination in the March primary includes Jon Ebel, a University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana professors; Betsy Dirksen Londrigan, the development officer for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum who lives in Springfield; David Gill, a doctor from Bloomington, and Erik Jones, a former Illinois assistant attorney general from Edwardsville.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter