ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Rockford alderman is throwing his name in the ring for a U.S. Congressional seat.
Ald. Jonathan Logemann announced Wednesday he is running for Illinois' 17th Congressional District seat. The seat is currently being held by (D) Cheri Bustos, who announced she is not running for another term earlier this year.
“I’m a high school teacher, proud union member, and an Afghanistan veteran,” said Logemann. “As an Alderman, I’ve worked to create opportunity and jobs in my community and listen to my neighbors and constituents. I know the challenges hard-working Illinois families are facing – because Sarah and I live it every day. I’m running for Congress because we need less career politicians in Washington and more people who understand the struggle, firsthand. Whether it’s the importance of protecting and expanding affordable health care, investing in quality education for the next generation, taking care of our veterans when they return home, or protecting American democracy and our freedoms, we need a renewed focus on solving problems, and less finger-pointing and bickering.”
Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara considered running for the 17th seat, but decided against it back in July.
Logemann is a high school business and economics teacher, Illinois Army National Guard Member and Afghanistan veteran.
Republican Esther Joy King is also running for the 17th seat.
Rep. Cheri Bustos has held the 17th seat since 2013.