Elections

Highland Republican looks at a run in the Illinois 15th

A Highland woman has filed paperwork to raise money for a congressional run.

Lori L. Fuller, a 53-year-old Republican, filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to raise money for a run in the Illinois 15th Congressional District where incumbent U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, is not running for re-election.

“I have never done anything in politics before, so I’m basically just one of the residents of the 15th congressional district,” Fuller said. “I’m just like everybody else. I think that we need more of that in Congress. We need the average person, which is the way our government was set up, was for average people to represent the rest of the country.”

Fuller said she is circulating petitions in order to obtain the necessary signatures to make the ballot. She then will turn to fundraising.

Fuller, who teaches English literature at Connect Christian School in South Roxana, has been active on Facebook discussing 2nd Amendment rights as well as calling for a week-long boycott of gas stations in the state after the gas tax doubled from 19 cents per gallon to 38 cents per gallon to help pay for the state’s $45 billion Rebuild Illinois capital plan.

The heavily Republican district includes all or parts of 33 counties, including Collinsville in Madison County, but mostly covers southeastern Illinois to the Kentucky and Indiana borders.

So far, Alex Walker, of Mattoon, is the only other Republican to formally launched a campaign in the 15th District.

On the Democratic side, John W. Hursey Jr. is running for the seat, as is Kevin Gaither of Charleston.

Other possible Republican candidates include state Sen. Jason Plummer, R-Edwardsville, Danville attorney Chris Quick, Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler, and Madison County Board member Chris Guy are considering runs. Sarah Frey, who runs Frey Farms in Keenes, also is reportedly being encouraged to run.

BEHIND OUR REPORTING

Why did we do this story?

The November 2020 election may be more than a year away, but candidates are starting to organize and begin the process to appear on the ballot. On Sept. 3, candidates were allowed to begin collecting signatures on petitions that are required to appear on the March 17 primary ballot. Official filing of petitions is scheduled from Nov. 25 through Dec. 2. The BND will cover the important steps leading up to the election as part of our role in giving you information that will help you participate in civic life and be a watchdog of the candidates and the election process.

Joseph Bustos is the state affairs and politics reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, where he strives to hold elected officials accountable and provide context to decisions they make. He has won multiple awards from the Illinois Press Association for coverage of sales tax referenda.
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