CARROLLTON -- After saying two weeks ago that he would not be a candidate for Congress, Greene County State's Attorney Matt Goetten announced Thursday that he will take on Bloomington physician David Gill for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District.
"He is in it 100 percent," said spokesman Dan Herkert. "We will be touring the district in the next two weeks."
At a recent Champaign County Democratic Party dinner, Goetten repeated that family considerations would keep him from running for Congress in 2012.
But in his written announcement released Thursday morning, Goetten said he had "been encouraged by so many supporters, and most importantly my family, to consider entering the race."
Gill is the only Democratic candidate in the new 13th District that runs from Champaign-Urbana on the northeast to the Illinois suburbs of St. Louis on the south.
Veteran U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson, R-Urbana, is the likely Republican in the candidate in the district. He already has announced for reelection and has been campaigning vigorously in the new sections of the district, particularly those areas south of Springfield.