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City Museum co-founder no longer seeking Democratic nod in 12th congressional district

Dean Pruitt
Dean Pruitt

A Millstadt man who filed to run as a Democrat in the 12th congressional race, is no longer seeking the party’s nomination.

Dean Pruitt, confirmed he’s no longer running as a Democrat in the 12th congressional district, but stopped short of dropping his bid to go to Washington all together.

The City Museum co-founder said he wants to see how the candidates shape out, saying he has respect for those still in the race, including retired Marine and former government contractor David Bequette and St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly. Chris Miller of Roxana is also in the race for the Democratic nomination with hopes of winning the March primary in order to move onto the November general election.

“I want to see a focus on health care, the environment, seniors, education, which have been my main thrusts anyway,” Pruitt said.

He added he wants to see the candidates follow the values of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont.

Pruitt said he hasn’t decided if he’ll run as an independent or for another party.

To get on the ballot as a Green Party candidate would require 94 signatures. To get on the ballot as an independent would require 16,143 signatures.

Illinois’ 12th Congressional District is represented by Murphysboro Republican Mike Bost, who is seeking re-election. He has received a primary challenger as 27-year-old Preston Nelson, of Benton, plans a run.

Pruitt said he fears a third party candidate would take away votes from the Democratic nominee in the general election.

“At some point we need to come together and fight against Bost,” Pruitt said.

Joseph Bustos: 618-239-2451, @JoeBReporter