Conservation group endorses Jones in 13th District Dem primary

Conservation group endorses Jones in 13th District Dem primary

WASHINGTON — Edwardsville attorney Erik Jones has been endorsed in the 13th Congressional District Democratic primary by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund.

Jones is one of five Democrats in the March 20 primary seeking to challenge U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, in November.

Jones was endorsed along with Brendan Kelly, the St. Clair County state's attorney who is hoping to run against Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, in the 12th Congressional District.

"Brendan Kelly and Erik Jones are exciting new voices for climate action and environmental protection," said Tiernan Sittenfeld, senior vice president of government affairs at the League of Conservation Voters. "They both have strong records of fighting for public health and will bring that commitment and experience to Congress. When elected, they will put Illinois families first and stand up to polluters, and we are thrilled to endorse Kelly and Jones in their respective campaigns."

The endorsement is expected to include a primary election campaign contribution from the LCV to Jones.

"I am honored to receive the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund's endorsement," he said. "It is critical that we have leaders in our government who respect science and who are willing to accept that climate change is happening. For my own two sons and for the thousands of young people across the 13th District, I will work tirelessly to ensure we are preparing ourselves for the future."

Jones is a former policy director and assistant attorney general for the Illinois Attorney General's Office. He also served as counsel to the House Committee on Energy & Commerce and Oversight & Government Reform. He also worked in the Senate, serving as deputy general counsel and chief investigative counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce.

The other Democratic candidates in the 13th District primary are Jon Ebel of Urbana, Dr. David Gill of Bloomington, Betsy Londrigan of Springfield and Angel Sides of Springfield.

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