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Illinois 18th District Congressman –Republican Primary – March 2018

Two candidates are seeking the Republican Party nomination in the 18th Congressional District: Donald Rients and incumbent Darin LaHood. 

Three candidates are running in the Democratic Party primary.

The sprawling district includes all or parts of 19 counties in central and western Illinois: Adams, Brown, Cass, Hancock, Logan, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McLean, Menard, Morgan, Peoria, Pike, Sangamon, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford.

Early voting for the March 20 primary is already underway.

Donald Rients is a technical worker for State Farm Insurance.  He lives in Benson, which is in Woodford County. Rients first ran for Congress in 2015 when the 18th District seat was vacant following the resignation of Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL). Rients lost the special Republican primary election to Darin LaHood.

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.