Metro-East News

Democratic write-in candidate enters primary race for 108th House District

A Democrat from Centralia has thrown his name into the hat as a write-in candidate in the primary race for Illinois' 108th House District.

J. David Parker, 42, will be the only Democrat running in the race for the district that includes parts of St. Clair, Madison, Washington and Clinton counties, but his name will not appear on the ballot. Voters wanting to cast their ballot for Parker will have to write in his name.

Republican candidates Don Moore, a Madison County board member, and incumbent state Rep. Charlie Meier will face off in the March 20 primary.

Parker said he wanted to give voters an option to cast their ballots for a Democrat.

Parker said his first priority would be to introduce a bill that would reform banking regulations and taxation to help farmers. He also said he would end tax abatement programs for big-box stores and corporations in favor of downtown businesses and small companies.

The candidate also expressed support for providing grants to people who buy homes in rural areas, as well as tuition-free community colleges.

Parker lives in Centralia with his wife. They have four children and two grandchildren. Parker previously worked in public relations, journalism and web development, among other fields. He is now self-employed as a network and computer technician.