ELEX IL 104 Cunningham

Cindy Cunningham of Royal announced Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2019, that would once again run for the 104th Illinois House District seat that she lost to Mike Marron in 2018.

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ST. JOSEPH — Cynthia Cunningham will try again to win the 104th Illinois House District seat that includes parts of Champaign and Vermilion counties.

In 2018, she lost to Republican Mike Marron, 56 to 44 percent. But Marron, of Fithian, may not run for re-election. He has formed an exploratory committee for a possible candidacy in the 15th Congressional District, whose current representative, John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, has said he will not seek another term.

“Rep. Marron’s positions are not good for our district,” Cunningham said. “He is too busy looking out for his own interests and the interests of his wealthy donors from outside of the district to get anything done for working people in our district.

“Farmers are being crushed by over-regulation, and our district’s unemployment rate is above the national average. What we need is someone who will spend time acting on constituents concerns and work to lower taxes, create jobs and protect important programs, such as Social Security. I’m that person.”

The 104th District stretches from Danville to Georgetown, including Rantoul and parts of the cities of Champaign-Urbana and Savoy.

Cunningham, 53, lives on a farm outside of Royal with her husband, Keith, a farmer and retired lieutenant with the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office. They have two daughters, Katie and Andrea, and a son, Ben.

She has served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT-B with the Ogden-Royal Fire Department and has taught Sunday School at St. John Lutheran Church in Royal since 2008. She was a Girl Scout leader for several years, and she served on St. John Lutheran Church’s council. In 2011, she founded Cobalt Creek Consulting to assist others in the creation and running of businesses that provide home- and community-based services to seniors.