Grassroots Democratic Congressional Challenger Pledges to Fight Trump Republicans in Every Corner of Southeastern Illinois

I believe we are at a critical moment in American history. We cannot afford to stand by while Donald Trump and his Republican party wage war on the working class. The recent tax cuts were a perfect example – a huge gift to the super-rich and corporations but minimal relief for everyone else.

As early voting in Illinois starts, the race in Illinois 15th Congressional District is heating up. Democratic candidate Carl Spoerer announced his “Illini Pledge” – a promise to fight Trump Republicans and their big money, anti-immigration agenda in every corner of Southeastern Illinois.

Spoerer is challenging Congressman John Shimkus, a 21-year Republican incumbent who has voted with President Trump 98.5% of the time (FiveThirtyEight.com). Shimkus ran uncontested in 2016, leaving him unaccountable to his constituents and allowing him to neglect his district. Shimkus has consistently voted for Wall Street over Main Street, corporations over unions, and Big Oil over the environment. This past year, Shimkus questioned why men should pay for prenatal coverage during a Congressional hearing on the Affordable Care Act.

Carl Spoerer is a small businessman, a Christian, and a “country boy.” He’s also the volunteer Head Coach of the University of Illinois Women’s Rugby Club. He is not a professional politician, but he entered the race because he felt someone needed to stop President Trump and Congressional Republicans from hurting working-class Americans. His Illini Pledge reflects his background as a University of Illinois coach and his rural, working-class roots.

“We cannot afford to stand by while Donald Trump and his Republican party wage war on the working class,” says Spoerer. “The recent tax cuts were a perfect example – a huge gift to…

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