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Marter announces run to challenge Underwood in 2020

Jam Marter
Jam Marter

The former chairman of the Kendall County Republicans, James Marter, announced another run for a congressional seat in 2020.

Marter, who lost Republican primaries for the Senate in 2016 and for the 16th Congressional District in 2018, announced last week he will be running for the Republican nomination to challenge Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, in the 14th District.

“I will fight for American taxpayers to cut the size and scope of the federal bureaucracy, leveraging the president’s momentum moving forward on our goal of cutting Washington, D.C., down to size, commonly known as ‘draining the swamp,’ ” Marter said.

Marter said that if elected, he will become the first member of Congress from Illinois to join the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Like members of the caucus, Marter has touted himself as a strong supporter of President Donald Trump.

“They are a voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them,” Marter said. “The Freedom Caucus supports open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans.”

Marter is one of a number of Republicans who have announced a run for the nomination to eventually challenge Underwood in the general election. Underwood, a health care policy expert who worked on the Affordable Care Act as a part of the Obama administration, defeated Republican Randy Hultgren in the 2018 midterm election, who had held the seat since 2011.

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