OTTAWA – Oswego businessman James Marter will challenge U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger in the Republican primary race for U.S. representative in the 16th Congressional District.
Marter made a formal announcement Tuesday at the LaSalle County Republican Central Committee meeting in Ottawa. Marter is chairman of the Kendall County Republican Party.
A staunch conservative, Marter’s campaign is focused on fiscal responsibility, job creation, and securing the nation’s borders. He takes a strong pro-life stance and upholds Second Amendment rights.
John McGlasson, a state central committeeman for the 16th District, has headed up the Marter campaign. He said Marter wants to bring back traditional GOP values to the district.
“It is time to take our party back, stand for our platform, and defend life, liberty and the constitution of the United States,” McGlasson said in a news release.
Marter previously ran for the U.S. Senate, losing to incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk in the March 2016 primary. Kirk was then defeated by Tammy Duckworth in the November general election.
Marter lives just outside the 16th District, but there’s no requirement that congressional candidates live in the district they represent.
Marter is the second Republican to announce his intentions to challenge Kinzinger in the primary. Jason Haskell, a Peru construction manager, said he has strong Libertarian leanings.
“I’m about as unorthodox a Republican as you’ll ever see,” Haskell said. “In financial matters, I align with the GOP, but when it comes to civil liberties, I’m very much a libertarian.”
Zane Marshall of Rockford has also said he will run in the GOP primary.
Democrats to announce in the 16th District include Neill Mohammad, Christopher Minelli, Nathan Arroyave, Murri Briel and Sarah Dady.