Gill Announces Third Try for Congress in 15th District
After a hiatus from politics, the Democrat who challenged 15th district Congressman Tim Johnson in 2004 and 2006 is back in the race.
Dr. David Gill says he'll run in 2010 against a Republican he feels is vulnerable because of his votes on economic policy and the Iraq war. Gill - who's an emergency-room physician -- has remarried and changed jobs since the death of his wife two years ago. He received little help from Democratic Congressional fundraisers in his previous two campaigns but may ask for assistance next year.
"I've been told there's a threshold you have to reach:, says Bill, "and that number is 42 percent and we beat that in 2006. And so they might have some interest. But I wouldn't run if I didn't think I could win, with or without their assistance."
Gill staked his previous campaigns on health care, advocating a single-payer system for the country. He says that will not change in 2010.
No other Democrats have announced campaigns in the 15th district, nor has Johnson confirmed a re-election run.