Logemann announces run for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District

The seat is currently held by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 11:14 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Rockford’s 2nd Ward Alderperson Jonathan Logemann will be running for U.S. Congress. The Democrat made the official announcement on Twitter Wednesday morning.

Logemann intends to run for Illinois’ 17th District seat, currently held by U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. In April, Bustos announced she would not seek another term in Congress after completing her fifth term.

“I’m a high school teacher, proud union member, and an Afghanistan veteran,” said Logemann. “As an Alderman, I’ve worked to create opportunities and jobs in my community and listen to my neighbors and constituents. I know the challenges hard-working Illinois families are facing – because Sarah and I live it every day. I’m running for Congress because we need fewer career politicians in Washington and more people who understand the struggle, firsthand. Whether it’s the importance of protecting and expanding affordable health care, investing in quality education for the next generation, taking care of our veterans when they return home or protecting American democracy and our freedoms, we need a renewed focus on solving problems, and less finger-pointing and bickering.”

Logemann’s campaign touts he brought more than 1,000 jobs to the city through several projects he was supported. He’s also increased diversity on city boards, expanded access to affordable preschool and created a tuition-free partnership between Northern Illinois and some students from Rockford Public Schools.

Illinois State Sen. Steve Stadelman (D-Rockford) released a statement following Logemann’s announcement.

“I’m seriously looking at the race,” Stadelman said. “But, there’s no congressional map yet. Until you know the boundaries and where the lines are drawn, you’re a candidate in search of a congressional district.”

Rockford Alderperson Linda McNeely has also formed an exploratory committee to help determine whether she will move forward as a potential candidate for higher office.

In May, Republican Esther Joy King announced she would be running again in the 2022 election. Her campaign released the following statement following Logemann’s announcement Wednesday.

“Today’s announcement of an opponent comes as no surprise-Esther, as a Battle-Ready Leader, is fighting for Western Illinois and has never expected DC Democrats to give up their hold on our lives easily. Pelosi and Bustos have both been desperately begging anyone to run on the Democrat ticket. Democrats who go to DC only have one option-fall in line with Pelosi and Biden. As practical Midwesterners, we believe in results, “show me what it means for our lives.” Here are Democrats’ results In just 10 short months with every lever of power: Democrats have created a crisis at the border and our communities are suffering more drugs flooding in. Biden created a crisis in Afghanistan, downgrading America’s strength and trustworthiness. Illinois Democrats have created a crisis in our schools, with more racial segregation than in the last 50 years. And every Illinoisan feels the crisis in our economy, where it costs us more to even put food on our tables. Democrats have every lever of government and all they’ve done with it is sow chaos and hurt us middle-class Americans. The results of one-party rule in Washington DC are clear and they are a disaster for our communities here in Northern, Western and Central Illinois. "

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