Tom Cullerton, a state senator from Villa Park, has launched an exploratory committee as he considers a run for the 8th congressional district. Current 8th district congressman Tammy Duckworth recently announced plans to run for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's seat in 2016.
"I am exploring a run for Congress because I want to make sure working families like mine have a voice in Washington," Cullerton said. "I know what it's like to wake up at 3 a.m., punch a time clock at 4:30 a.m. and put in a hard days work. From the crippling cost of college to the shrinking opportunities for our next generation, I will use my blue collar work ethic to fix the problems the middle class faces. It's a common experience that many people in the 8th district share but a unique experience in Congress. That is something that needs to change."
Cullerton, a Democrat, defeated Republican incumbent Carole Pankau in 2012. He previously served at Villa Park village president and says he has the support of Assistant Majority Leader Senator Tony Munoz and Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino.
Other Democrats who have voiced interest in bidding for the seat include Raja Krishnamoorthi, who announced his plans to run two weeks ago, and Elgin state Sen. Mike Nolan, who has also launched an exploratory committee. On the Republican side, Larry Kaifesh, who ran against Duckworth in 2014, will reportedly take another swing for the congressional seat.