Republican congressional candidate changes races, Republican will try to oust Lauren Underwood

A Republican congressional candidate seeking Illinois’s 16th District seat instead will retain the now two-term Democrat-held 14th District mandate. Lauren Underwood from Naperville.

Oswego Republican James Marter He submitted a new application on Wednesday. candidacy statement The Federal Election Commission has announced its intention to run for the 14th District. Marter was among the Republicans who challenged the 16th District Representative Adam Kinzinger of Channahon.

In an email Thursday, Marter said he’s switching races as he hopes his home will be within the new borders for the 14th District when Illinois’ legislative map is completed before the 2022 primary election.

“The reality is that the old 16th will crumble and any new 16th will likely have little overlap with the old one,” said Marter, who failed for Congress in the 14th District in 2020.

Previously, Marter tried to oust Kinzinger from his seat in 2018 and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Marter is the first GOP candidate to prepare paperwork for the 14th District.

Marter’s departure from the 16th Regional leaves six GOP candidates there: Kinzinger; Catalina Lauf of Woodstock; Michael Rebresh of Minooka; Jack Lombardi from Manhattan; Teresa Pfaff of Machesney Park; and Geno Young of Chicago. Democrat Marsha Williams of Wilmington is also competing in 16th place.

A software consultant and leader Kendall County GOP, Marter was coming to Kinzinger from the political right. Marter is among the Donald Trump loyalists who sing President Joe Biden. used scam stealing the 2020 elections despite the lack of evidence.

Marter also endorsed other controversial positions.

On October 8, retweeted Lauren Boebert, Republican U.S. Representative from Colorado, “Another branch of the deep state” reference to a conspiracy theory that a secret network is running the federal government and other aspects of American society. Marter said, “They!” said. in his retweet.

Also, Marter tweeted support He called for Trump supporter and conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell and immigration attempts at the US border with Mexico. “rebellion and occupation.” Two days after the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, Marter tweeted: “No time for union or getting along. Time to mate.”

When asked about Marter’s challenge, Underwood campaign spokesman Jordan Troy said, “People … deserve leadership that reflects their values ​​and is connected to reality, and James Marter is not that person.”

Troy said Underwood will “continue to work diligently for his community, delivering real results for his region, such as securing tax breaks for the middle class and expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

Marter said new leadership is needed in Congress to help Illinois.

“Bad federal policies make bad state government worse, and Congressman Underwood and his party have failed our communities, our state, and our nation,” he said in a news release.

Congressional county boundaries are redrawn based on population changes between the 2010 and 2020 censuses. Illinois’ population declined at the time, and the state would lose a congressional district as a result.

District 14 now includes portions of Lake, McHenry, DuPage, Kane, Will, DeKalb, and Kendall counties.

District 16 now includes some or all of 14 Illinois counties. It stretches from the Far Northwest suburbs and the Rockford area down to Ford County.

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