U.S. Rep. LaHood To Face Primary Challenge

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Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood will face a primary challenge in his bid for re-election to his congressional seat.

Donald Rients of Benson has filed nominating petitions to be placed on the 18th District GOP March primary ballot.

Rients, a State Farm employee, ran against LaHood in the 2015 special primary that saw LaHood nominated and later elected to replace former congressman Aaron Schock.

Rients told the Journal Star he does not believe any candidate should go unchallenged in an election.

There will also be a Democratic primary.

Former Morton High School soccer coach Brian Deters and Eureka College professor Junius Rodriguez, who opposed LaHood in 2016, have filed nominating petitions.

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