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Sunday, January 21, 2018by kenna.kj

Event: Democratic challengers to Shimkus’ Congressional Seat to participate in January Forum

Charleston Huddle and Coles Progressives are co-hosting a Democratic candidate forum. Carl Spoerer of Mahomet and Kevin Gaither of Charleston have agreed to participate.

The event is set for Sunday, January 21st from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Charleston Carnegie Public Library Rotary Rooms. “The forum will give District 15 voters an opportunity to question the candidates and discuss issues affecting our district,” said Jennifer White, one of the forum organizers.

Gail Mason, Professor Emeritus at EIU, will moderate the 90-minute forum. Gaither and Spoerer will give opening and closing statements in addition to fielding questions from community members.

U.S. Representative John Shimkus' (R-IL) is unopposed on the Republican ballot in the March 20 primary. Shimkus has held the seat since 1997. District 15 covers all or part of 33 counties of Eastern, Central, and Southern Illinois.