State News
6:22 am
Wed July 24, 2013

U of I professor running for Illinois' 13th Congressional District

Both major political parties will have a primary race in Illinois’ 13th Congressional District. University of Illinois Physics professor and Democrat George Gollin launched his run Tuesday with supporters at the Champaign County Fair. The first-time candidate says he’s still learning about fundraising, but has met with backers who are familiar with science and higher education policy:

“Everybody has said this is great.  You should do this because policy is so important in moving the economic engine in moving this company forward. I know a lot about that, and people in Congress are generally not experts.  So there’s been nobody I’ve spoken to who’s a scientist who’s been wildly enthusiastic about this.”

Gollin says Congress needs to put party alliances aside, and work together to solve problems.  His issues include the cost of higher education, helping veterans, and fighting corruption.  Gollin will face retired Madison County Judge Ann Callis in the Democratic primary. 

Taylorville Republican Congressman Rodney Davis faces Urbana attorney Erika Harold in the GOP primary.