Metro-East News

Belleville attorney C.J. Baricevic confirms run for Congress

Belleville attorney C.J. Baricevic has confirmed that he is running in the Democratic primary for the 12th U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Mike Bost of Murphysboro.

Also, international aid worker Edward Vowell, also of Belleville, has set up an exploratory committee to consider the feasibility of running in the Democratic primary, which is set for March 15.

The Baricevic campaign has already filed preliminary campaign paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, said Bob Jones, an attorney and the campaign custodian of records.

Baricevic, 29, an attorney who specializes in labor law, was not immediately available for comment, but in an earlier interview, he said, “Congress is dysfunctional, and hard-working Illinois families deserve a fresh new voice in Congress committed to getting things done to improve their lives."

Baricevic is the son of John Baricevic, the St. Clair County chief judge, former St. Clair County Board chairman and key player in metro-east Democratic politics.

Vowell, 52, could not be contacted directly since he was working in the Ukraine with the Organization for Security and Cooperatoin in Europe. However, in a statement he emailed to the News-Democrat, he said his main motivation for considering a run for the House is “a long held concern for the elderly, disabled and the poor.”

A former soldier, Vowell worked in Afghanistan from 2009-12 to help negotiate cooperation between tribes in that country to make life more difficult for al-Qaida to find safety and sanctuary in villages. He is a 1981 graduate of Althoff High School in Belleville.