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Candidate Interviews: 13th District Republican Michael Firsching

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Michael Firsching

13th District Republican Congressional candidate Michael Firsching, during a 2012 campaign visit to WILL in 2012. (Sean Powers/WILL)

A veterinarian from Illinois’ Metro East area is making a third primary bid for Congress.  Michael Firsching previously ran for the state's old 19th Congressional district, and lost a primary 2012 bid for the 13th district.

He lost to Congressman John Shimkus in 2010, and he was defeated in 2012 by former 13th District Congressman Tim Johnson of Urbana.  This year, Firsching is in a field of six candidates, three from each major party, including Republican incumbent Rodney Davis of Taylorville.

The past few weeks, Illinois Public Media has interviewed four other candidates for the 13th Congressional District. 

Illinois Public Media’s Jeff Bossert talked with Firsching on his top priorities in this bid for office.  The Republican from Moro says if elected, they would start with ending the Federal Reserve, and making sure Congress is balancing its budget.

Next week, we’ll wrap up our interviews with those seeking the office, with a discussion with retired judge and Democrat Ann Callis.

A series of interviews and clips with all six candidates running for the seat can now be found on our website.

Categories: Economics, Government, Politics