13th district congressional candidates look toward November

By WEEK Producer

August 30, 2012 Updated Aug 30, 2012 at 7:59 PM CDT

EAST PEORIA, Ill. -- In less than 70 days, voters will head to the polls for the November election and congressional candidates in the newly re-drawn 13th district are making the rounds to drum up support.

Rodney Davis is the republican candidate and for 16 years, he worked for Congressman John Shimkus.

Davis says his priorities are keeping tax rates low, attacking the national debt and repealing Obamacare, all while doing it all in a bipartisan way.

"We talked about the polarization in Washington on both sides an the tax issues, a lack of a comprehensive bill, they're a dereliction of duties from both parties," said Davis. "I'm somebody who can follow the mold of a Bob Michael, Ray LaHood and Aaron Schock and go to Washington and work in a bi-partisan way to get things done."

David Gill is Davis' democratic opponent.The emergency room physician wants to protect and preserve Medicare, repair the economy and fix the deficit.

He says his passion in caring for patients will be carried to Washington if elected.

"I'm sick and tired of seeing people suffer and die because they can't get healthcare in this country," said Gill. "I'm sick of seeing families unable to send their children to college and sick of seeing families that have to work almost until they're dead up into their 70s because they don't have any retirement security."

The 13th congressional district seat became vacant earlier this year when incumbent Tim Johnson decided to resign after winning the primary to spend time with his family.

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