Western Illinois prosecutor not running for 13th Congressional

CARROLLTON — Matt Goetten, the Greene County state's attorney who had been considering jumping into the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary, said today he will not be a candidate.

"For the past several weeks many constituents in the 13th Congressional District have encouraged me to run to serve as their next congressman. I have been humbled and honored by their support," he said in a statement. "My obligations as Greene County state's attorney and to my family prohibit me at this time from seeking a seat in Congress. But I intend to continue serving the public as state's attorney and perhaps in other ways in the future."

Goetten's decision leaves three Democrats in the race to take on the presumptive Republican candidate, six-term incumbent U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana.

The three Democrats are Bloomington physician David Gill, former state Rep. Jay Hoffman, D-Collinsville, and retired educator James Gray of Litchfield. They will face off in the March 20, 2012, primary election.

Goetten, 39, had been supported by Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz. He has a 1994 bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, as well as a master's in labor relations from the UI. He also worked at the Ady & Associates human resources consulting firm in Champaign. His law degree is from the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Goetten lives in Carrollton, is married and has two children, a 15-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter. His father also was state's attorney in Greene County. Goetten also is a judge advocate general with the Illinois Army National Guard.

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