Jobs are the focus of two democratic congressional candidates

By WEEK Reporter

February 17, 2014 Updated Feb 17, 2014 at 11:56 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Two democrats trying to win the 18th district Congressional seat agree on one thing -- Aaron Shock needs to go.

Rob Mellon and Darrel Miller say they're frustrated with the current leaders of Congress -- saying there are not focusing on a key issue -- jobs.

Mellon unveiled his 10-point jobs plan today.

It highlights immediate job creation, tax credits for hiring unemployed workers, and a program to put veterans back to work.

Miller said the current officer-holders are holding back the economy.

"It sounds simple, but the first thing is to make Washington work," Miller said. "A lot of the job creators are so put off by all of the unknowns coming out of Washington, they don't know what steps to take."

"The problem we have run into with the recent recovery in the past three or four years is, a lot of those jobs are low paying jobs and in many cases they don't have benefits attached to them," Mellon said.

The primary elections are March 18.

Voter registration for the primaries ends Tuesday, February 17.