Congressional Races On Tuesday’s Primary Ballot


Beside the presidential nominations, the only races on the Bond County ballots are for United States Congress.

In District 13, incumbent Rodney Davis of Taylorville is being challenged by Ethan Vandersand of rural Carrollton. Vandersand, a 1997 graduate of Collinsville High School, owns a pharmacy in Jerseyville

Davis was elected in 2012 to fill a vacancy and took office in Congress on January 3rd of 2013. He was re-elected in November of 2014.

District 13 includes the Bond County townships of Shoal Creek, LaGrange and Mulberry Grove.

In District 15, incumbent John Shimkus of Collinsville is opposed by Kyle McCarter of Lebanon. While McCarter does not currently live in the district, he has said he will move into it if elected.

Shimkus has been a U.S. Representative in Congress for 20 years, having been elected in late 1996 and taking office in 1997.

McCarter is currently an Illinois state senator. He was appointed to the position in February of 2009 to complete Frank Watson’s term, and was elected in November of 2014 to a term that goes through 2018.

District 15 consists of all or parts of 33 counties. The Bond County townships of Old Ripley, Central, Pleasant Mound, Burgess, Mills and Tamalco are in the district.

Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate are Andrea Zopp, Tammy Duckworth and Napoleon Harris.

The incumbent is Republican Mark Kirk, who is running for re-election. His Republican challenger is James Marter.

The polls open at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday and will close at 7:00 p.m. WGEL will have live election coverage starting at 7:00 pm.