Rep. Peter Roskam (R) faces a new Democratic challenger, but redistricting has made his Illinois district more favorable for the GOP.
Accountant Leslie Coolidge (D-Ill.) announced an uphill effort to unseat Rep. Peter Roskam (R), the Chief Deputy Majority Whip.
“As I watched the brinksmanship this summer as Congress actually considered letting our country go into financial default, I knew I could no longer sit on the sidelines,” Coolidge said in a statement announcing her candidacy Wednesday.
Roskam’s current district is considered potentially competitive, but after redistricting, the seat he is seeking re-election in next year is much more favorable to Republicans. Democrats shored up Roskam’s district in redistricting in order to create more Democratic opportunities in nearby districts.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.