Michael Plans to Challenge Shimkus Against for Illinois Congressional Seat

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A self-described conservative and anti-abortion activist says she’ll mount a second Democratic challenge to Republican Congressman John Shimkus of Illinois.

Angela Michael plans to challenge the long-time incumbent and hopes to use her candidacy to draw attention to abortion. She did the same thing in 2012 when Democrats didn’t mount an opponent to face Shimkus. Michael received about 31 percent of the vote in that election, compared with Shimkus’ 69 percent.

The 15th District is made up of 33 counties including much of southern Illinois. Shimkus was elected to Congress in 1996.

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