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Expecting competition, choices and churn in U.S. Congress elections

Congressional candidate stump speech? You decide.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly spoke to the June 14 meeting of the Madison County Democratic Party. He was introduced as a possible "undeclared" candidate for U.S. representative, a seat now held by Republican Mike Bost.
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St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly spoke to the June 14 meeting of the Madison County Democratic Party. He was introduced as a possible "undeclared" candidate for U.S. representative, a seat now held by Republican Mike Bost.

We are pro-choice. Wait! Wait! Not THAT pro-choice.

We are in favor of choices, and the more choices we have the better. Murphysboro Republican Mike Bost might be the best choice, but then again he might not be for the U.S. representative from the 12th Congressional District.

His is not a lifetime appointment. It is a two-year gig and he should have competition every single election, from within his party as well as from outside of it.

Democrats are already lining up, three “for sure” candidates and three more “likely” candidates appear to be headed to the starting gate. They will give voters a choice during the primary election March 20.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly is one of the possibilities, and an intriguing one with the resume, name recognition and leadership abilities to give Bost the best run for other people’s money on Nov. 6, 2018.

Kelly may be a Democrat in St. Clair County, but he’s not a St. Clair County Democrat. He is clearly more conservative, taking on the county’s culture of corruption and vote fraud machine.

He showed leadership on the penny sales taxes, bridging the worlds of education and law enforcement. He serves on the Wolf Branch Elementary school board, so he understood the challenges in both worlds and took the risk of linking them to succeed or fail together.

Kelly also is open, regularly out in the community and spreading his cell phone number to reporters. He’s not hiding like some of the politicians in our area — although some may have good reason to hide after James T. Hodgkinson.

So we appreciate all the choices. Now to make sure we properly evaluate those choices without $50 million in dark money telling us how to choose.

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