Statement From State Representative Elizabeth Coulson
Regarding 10th Congressional District Race
As you know, Congressman Mark Kirk has announced that he will seek election to the United States Senate in 2010. Since his announcement, many people have urged me to run for the 10th Congressional District seat that he will be vacating.
I have been honored to serve as your State Representative of the 17th District for the past 12 years and I believe I have played an important role in effecting policy in critical areas such as health care, education, ethics reform and the environment. Nevertheless, I believe I have the duty to consider this unique opportunity to continue my work on these issues at the federal level.
Over the next few weeks I will be discussing the possibility of running for Congress with my family, my friends and my constituents. As you may guess, this is a big decision and I must give it ample consideration. As always, your input is crucial and I welcome and appreciate your feedback. Please share your thoughts and advice as to how I can best serve the people of this area. You can visit my website at: www.bethcoulson.org and click on the “Join the Team” tab to leave your thoughts in the comments section or email me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, thank you for your ongoing support. I will be making a decision shortly.
I think that's a pretty interesting development. Coulson has a record that would fit well in the 10th, is an established elected official (State Rep. since 1996) and fundraiser, an experienced campaigner, and has good name recognition is parts of the 10th, which overlaps some of her district (the 17th). (I have to confirm this, but I think she may even be Dan Seals' state rep!) More background on her here. I think if she threw in, she'd probably become the instant front-runner on the GOP side.
Other candidates are definitely also pursuing the seat, though, both officially and unofficially (for now)--in fact, I'm having lunch with a fellow Friday who is considering running who comes from the John Porter 'family' who would also make an interesting candidate. But for now, the field is wide open, especially as Congressman Kirk is not going to get involved anytime soon.
Meanwhile, the Kirk for Senate campaign is getting underway. Check out the new site here. More details to come.