Illinois State Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Peoria) is reportedly viewed as the frontrunner in the race for the 18th congressional district seat.
Monday is the last day to turn in nominating petitions to run in the July 7 primary election to replace disgraced former House rep. Aaron Schock, who resigned last month amid calls for an investigation into his use of taxpayer money campaign funds.
According to the Associated Press, Mike Flynn of Quincy and Donald Reints from Benson have filed paperwork to run in the Republican primary. Meanwhile, Rob Mellon from Quincy and Adam Lopez of Springfield have filed to run in the district as Democrats. Republicans have dominated the district, holding the seat since 1939.
LaHood, a former state and federal prosecutor, has a reputation for being fiscally conservative and putting attention towards ethics reform. LaHood is the son of former congressman and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.