McCarter To Challenge Shimkus For Congress Seat

(LEBANON, IL) — State Sen. Kyle McCarter (R- Lebanon) announced Wednesday that he will seek to unseat 10-term GOP incumbent John Shimkus. “20 years is a long time, and we all know Washington is broken. I believe our Representative [Shimkus] has become part of the problem,” McCarter said of his reasons to run for Congress. According to McCarter, working in D.C. changes people, and that they drift and evolve into something different than what represents their constituency. He notes that term limits could prevent that change, and that at one time Shimkus was also a supporter of term limits. “That was his first promise, and he broke that promise,” he said, referring to Shimkus’ vow when he first ran for office to only serve six terms in Congress. He later called the promise a mistake, and is now seeking reelection to his 11th term in office. McCarter, a sponsor of term limit legislation in Springfield, says he will hold himself to a term limit promise, saying if he’s not elected to Congress he will not seek another term in the Illinois State Senate, leaving when his current term expires in 2018.