BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Congressman Jerry Costello is supporting a former education official in the election to replace him in Illinois’ 12th Congressional District.

The Democrat endorsed Brad Harriman of O’Fallon, citing his working-class union family and hard work ethic.

Harriman is a former St. Clair County regional school superintendent. Other Democratic candidates in the March 20 primary include Iraq war veteran Chris Miller.

Costello has held the southern Illinois district seat for more than two decades. He isn’t seeking re-election and announced his retirement in October.

The 12th District runs along the Missouri border and includes Carbondale, Belleville and Cairo.

Seven candidates four Republicans and three Democrats have filed candidacy.

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

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  1. Kenneth Wiezer says:

    So what? What’s the big deal? Jerry’s quick oversight was just another false start added to “Mr. No Show’s” (Brad Harriman’s) run for Congress. Jerry, to me, is still considered a friend. Isn’t that what true friendship is about, even if a mistake has been made? Jerry only threw a life preserver to Brad because he knew that he couldn’t make it on his own. As far as Mr. No Show is concerned, (Brad) is not qualified to attain a congressional seat. He didn’t even get out and get one signature on his own petition for congress. What a joke. Copies of petitions are made available for public viewing from the Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.

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