Brad Choat

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – The newly designed 13th Congressional District covers much of central Illinois, but dips down to pick up part of Madison County on the southwest part.

Democrat Matt Goetten was in Collinsville, Saturday, to receive the endorsement of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

Speaking at an electrical worker union hall, the Carrollton resident said he’s ready to fight for the middle-class in Illinois, “My experience is in law enforcement, the military, teaching, and small business. I think it makes me a pretty good candidate for going to Washington and if not fixing, at least attempting to fix what I perceive to be wrong.”

Sen. Durbin heaped loads of praise on Goetten, “Matt volunteered for the Illinois National Guard and served as an officer in Afghanistan. He’s been elected twice as state’s attorney in Greene County. He’s really led the fight to stop the spread of methamphetamine and other drugs in the area. He’s running for Congress for all the right reasons. Matt wants to make sure middle-class working families have a strong voice in Washington. Too often they’re ignored and left behind. I know Matt Goetten’s going to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Goetten faces two others in the March 20th Democratic primary, emergency room doctor David Gill from Bloomington and retired school administrator James Gray from Litchfield.

Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana is running for re-election as a Republican, but he had to change districts, due to the state’s loss in population.

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