Let the campaign speeches begin. Eight of the candidates for the Republican nomination for Congress in the new 13th district will try to persuade a McLean County audience to support them next Monday. County Party Chair John Parrot says they will give five minute presentations to a GOP luncheon and the audience will ask questions at the end. Included are: Jerry Clarke of Urbana, State Representative Dan Brady of Bloomington, Mike Tate of Springfield, State Representative Adam Brown of Decatur, David Blumenshine of Bloomington, Rodney Davis of Taylorville, State Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon, and State Senator Sam McCann of Carlinville. The slot on the ballot opened up with the announced retirement of Congressman Tim Johnson. John Parrot says this will be the first gathering of the contenders. Fourteen County Party Chairs in the district will cast population weighted votes to slate a new candidate. The winner will face presumptive Democratic nominee and several time candidate David Gill in November.
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