2012 election

2012 election

Early fireworks, then agreement in forum for 13th District candidates

BLOOMINGTON -- A candidate forum with three of the four contenders for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 13th District started with some fireworks Thursday night, but soon settled into agreement on most issues.

Habeeb: Wassink doesn't have necessary support

The chairman of the Champaign County Republican Party says he doesn't know how many ballots it will take to choose a nominee to replace Urbana Congressman Tim Johnson on the November ballot.

GOP taps Mitchell as county board candidate

CHAMPAIGN — Already appointed to the Champaign County Board, Champaign Realtor Max Mitchell now is an appointed candidate for the board in the November general election.

A committee of elected Republican precinct committeemen in county board District 5 on Monday night chose Mitchell as the GOP candidate in the Nov. 6 general election.

Republican hopefuls state their case at forum

URBANA — The Republican Party will have to appeal to independent voters to win the newly drawn 13th Congressional District, three of the four candidates vying for their party's nomination said Saturday night at a forum in Champaign.

GOP candidates in 13th focus on beating Gill

CLINTON — Speaking to about 50 Republicans in DeWitt County, the four GOP candidates seeking to succeed U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, in Congress all stressed how they can beat Democratic candidate David Gill in November.

GOP narrows field to 4 for 13th District

CHAMPAIGN — Republican leaders in the 13th Congressional District have narrowed the field to four potential opponents for Democrat David Gill in the new district that stretches from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to Collinsville on the southwest.

Eight seek GOP nomination in 13th District

SPRINGFIELD — Eight Republicans have stepped forward to replace U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, as their party's candidate in the 13th Congressional District, and the opponent to Democratic nominee David Gill of Bloomington.

They submitted applications with the state party by 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Johnson looks toward teaching after term ends

TOLEDO — Speaking at a town hall meeting in the Cumberland County seat of Toledo, retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, said he has talked to "several education institutions" about teaching once he leaves Congress next January.

Harold to seek 13th District nomination

Former Urbana resident and Miss America Erika Harold says she has decided to seek the Republican nomination for the open 13th Congressional District seat.

Earlier this week, Harold, a Harvard Law School graduate now with a Chicago law firm, said she was only "exploring the possibility."

Johnson: Clarke shouldn't seek 13th seat

SPRINGFIELD — In a surprising announcement, retiring U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, said Thursday that he didn't believe his former chief of staff, Jerry Clarke of Urbana, should be a candidate to replace him.