BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – A prominent labor union is supporting a former education official in the southern Illinois congressional district once held by Congressman Jerry Costello.

The Illinois AFL-CIO has endorsed Democrat Brad Harriman of O’Fallon, citing his ties to the district and “strong working-class values”. He’s the former St. Clair County regional school superintendent.

The 12th district seat was held for more than two decades by Costello, before the Democrat abruptly retired in October. The district runs along the Missouri border and includes Belleville, Carbondale and Cairo.

Seven candidates four Republicans and three Democrats have filed candidacy. The primary is March 20.

The Republicans include former Belleville Mayor Rodger Cook and Jason Plummer, who made an unsuccessful bid for lieutenant governor in 2010.

The AFL-CIO has 1 million members in Illinois.

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Comments (2)
  1. kenneth c. wiezer says:

    Brad Harriman? You mean “Mr. No Show” Never showed up to the Congressional Form held in Catbondale(SIU) and didn’t go out to get one signiture for his petition for congress. The guy “Mr. No Show” that said he is for the people and had the nerve to submit to the Illinois Board of Elections campaign petitions. “Mr. No Show” That’s what people should really know.

  2. Kenneth Wiezer says:

    Kenneth Wiezer, a retired Carpenter Businessman of Granite City has openly admitted that he has been educated all along to fill the vacated seat of Rep. Jerry F. Costello. As an ongoing student at Southwestern Illinois College, Kenneth Wiezer has attained the required curriculum to fill the seat of The US House of Representative. Ken’s education consist of Public Speaking, U.S. Geography, World Geography, World Global Economics, with extensive studies in (TNC’s) Transnational Corporations and (WTC’s) World Trade Cooperation’s He and The International Monetary Fund (IMF’s) for the economic integration of the Euro Zone. His studies in The American Suburb has developed his knowledge on how central cities and suburbia work together to correlate a growing economy. In addition to his war chest of education, his knowledge in Sociology, Psychology including Cultural Anthropology has distant him as the most competent forerunner in this Congressional Campaign 2012. In addition to his education, Ken has worked in the 12th Congressional District for over 45 years in Construction as well as accomplished Missionary Services for 20+ years. Remember, my campaign promise is that I will be working for you as you are my employer. Then “Let’s Make It So 2012” More in-depth information about Ken Wiezer for Congress 2012 may be found at his website.

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