Illinois Republicans See Increase In Challengers For Re-Election

Illinois Republicans See Increase In Challengers For Re-Election

Incumbency has placed a target on the backs of many GOP lawmakers in Illinois, and Okawville Rep. Charlie Meier is just the latest downstate to land an opponent in the 2018 primary election.

Donald Moore, a retired U. S. Marine and current Madison County Board member, has announced his campaign for State Representative in the 108th district to unseat Meier.

Moore says he’s running to “provide voters with a principled and fiscally conservative alternative to incumbent Representative Charlie Meier.”

He blames Meier’s vote in favor of a 32 percent income tax hike built into the recent budget for his seeking to unseat the Okawville Republican.

Moore says he’s running for office to bring conservative values and principles to state government. He claims the 32 percent tax hike will cost the families of Madison County an additional $70 million in higher taxes, the families of Clinton County $9.6 million, St. Clair County $56.5 million, and Washington County $3.8 million in more taxes.

Moore was born and raised in Caseyville. He attended Collinsville High School and worked on a local farm for three years before joining the U. S. Marine Corps in 1975 at the age of 17.

After more than three decades as a logistician and a budget expert, Mr. Moore returned to the mid-west in 2011 with his wife and two daughters to live in Troy, IL.

In 2016 he ran for a seat and was elected to the Madison County Board.