Carl Ray of Washington, Ill., and Deirdre Hirner of Springfield, are vying for the Democratic nomination in the 18th Congressional District and hoping for a chance to take on U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock next year.
Schock, a Republican from Peoria, at age 28, is the youngest member of Congress after winning his seat last year. He won the congressional race with nearly 59 percent of the vote.
Ray, an Air Force veteran, has been campaigning for a while and raised less than $2,500 during the July-September reporting period. His campaign had $241 on hand at the end of that quarter.
Hirner was collecting signatures to launch her congressional campaign this week. Bernie Schoenburg of the Springfield State Journal-Register reported on Hirner’s petition work and noted that the Hannibal, Mo., native does not live in the 18th District. However, candidates are allowed to run for U.S. House seats regardless of residency.
Schock had previously served in the Illinois House at age 23 and was elected to the Peoria School Board at age 19. Schock’s campaign had $106,000 on hand at the end of the third quarter.