State Senator Kyle McCarter, who represents the local 51st District, was in Effingham Wednesday where he announced his candidacy for congress. McCarter is running for the 15th congressional district seat, which is currently held by Congressman John Shimkus. McCarter made the announcement outside of the Effingham Public Library.
“There are a lot of career politicians in Washington,” said McCarter. “And after 20 years, my opponent has become part of the problem.”
Referring to Congressman Shimkus, McCarter said that he appreciates his 20 years of service, but 20 years is enough. Shimkus has held a congressional seat since 1996.
Career politicians and the need for term limits was a key point made by McCarter. He said that career politicians spend more tine trying to appease special interest groups so they can stay in office than they do listening to the people of their district and speaking for them.
McCarter continued to talk about his opponent, Congressman John Shimkus, saying that career politicians appear locally and say one thing, but then vote differently in Washington.
McCarter concluded his candidacy announcement saying the people of the 15th congressional district deserve to be listened to, and they deserve someone who will keep there promises.
The 51st district senator said that if his run for congress is unsuccessful he will not seek reelection as a state senator.