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GOP picks congressional candidate

Mon, 21 May 2012 04:33:48 CDT
By: IPR's Sean Crawford

An aide to Congressman John Shimkus will represent the Republican party in the race for the 13th Congressional District this fall. GOP county chairmen in the district met behind closed doors Saturday and chose Rodney Davis of Taylorville for the spot. Davis beat out three other hopefuls. He'll replace Congressman Tim Johnson on the November ballot. Johnson won his primary contest before announcing he won't seek another term. That prompted weeks of speculation over who would fill the ballot vacancy. Mike Bigger is the Republican Chair of Stark County, which is outside the district. He was brought in to head the selection committee:

   

"It was a weighty and very difficult decision to make, but one I think they were very proud to be involved with. I think they feel very confident that Rodney Davis is going to win this seat and everyone who is here is going to support Rodney and make him the next congressman in the 13th."

Bigger says there was more than one vote among the chairmen, but he added all are behind Davis. The other finalists included a former aide toTim Johnson, a small business owner and a former Miss America. Davis will face the Democratic nominee, Dr. David Gill of Bloomington, this fall.

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