Decision 2022: The candidates for the US House of Representatives 13th Illinois district
PEORIA (25 News Now) - An open seat in the newly drawn 13th Congressional district has two congressional newcomers vying for the position.
The district currently covers a 520-mile stretch from Champaign to East St. Louis, Illinois, encompassing communities like Decatur, and Springfield. The district was previously covered by Rep. Rodney Davis (R - Taylorville) before being redrawn in the 2020 Census. The district has been criticized as drawn to favor Democratic candidates.
The Democratic candidate Nikki Budzinski was born in Peoria. She received her bachelor’s from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and now lives in Springfield, Illinois.
Budzinski worked as a labor union negotiator. While this would be her first position in elected office, she isn’t a political newcomer. She interned with Representative Dick Gephardt and Senator Paul Simon. In her career, she’s worked under the Pritzker campaign as a part of his campaign as a senior advisor. she also worked in his administration as the chair of his broadband advisory council.
Budzinski has also worked in the Biden administration, she was appointed Chief of Staff of the Office of Management and Budget. She held that position from February 2021 to July 2021, when she moved back to Illinois before her run for office.
The Republican candidate Regan Deering is a native of Decatur. She currently resides there with her family. Deering is a former educator and business owner. She is also the granddaughter of former Archer Daniels Midland CEO Dwayne Andreas. Deering considers herself a political newcomer, and decided to run after the district was newly redrawn.
You can watch the full interviews for each candidate below.
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