PEORIA, IL -- First it was Republican turned Democrat Darrel Miller, 60, of Danvers, a McLean County farmer. (Scroll down on the link to Sept. 19.)
Now it's a Quincy Democrat who is gathering signatures to run.
Both want to challenge the incumbent Cong. Aaron Schock, R-Peoria, for the 18th Congressional District, a huge district of supposedly Republican voters that includes the northside of Peoria.
The Quincy challenger is Rob Mellon, 42, a history teacher at Quincy High School and US Army veteran.(The link is to a good newspaper story on Mellon.)
This is good news, as Miller is a questionable candidate given his background.
If both of their signature efforts pan out, there will be a Democratic party primary for this race, where we will learn more about the candidates.
-- Elaine Hopkins