Darin LaHood (R-IL) is the current congressman serving the 18th District in western and central Illinois. He won a special primary and special election in 2015 to replace Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL), who resigned from office. LaHood won his first full term in the November, 2016 election.
LaHood said he first ran for congress because he wanted to help spur economic and job growth in central Illinois. He feels he has helped do that.
“I’m very proud of my vote in support for comprehensive tax reform. I think it helps middle and lower-middle class people. And I think if you look now, the economy is on the upswing.”
LaHood also said his office has made it a priority to help people through constituent service, and he believes he’s been a strong advocate for agriculture and other businesses in the congressional district.
LaHood said his voting record demonstrates that he has stood up for fiscal responsibility, smaller government, free enterprise, and other core issues that he believes reflect his district. He recently received a key committee assignment with his appointment to the House Ways and Means Committee.
Two candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for Congress in the 18th District: LaHood and Donald Rients.
Three people are running for the Democratic nomination: Brian Deters, Junius Rodriguez, and Darrel Miller.
Early voting is already underway for the March 20 primary.