Republican Mark Zalcman withdraws from special election

Peoria, Ill. - Republican Mark Zalcman formally withdrew his candidacy from the upcoming special election for the 18th District Congressional vacancy today.

With only 19 days granted to gather slightly more than 1000 valid voter signatures in order to gain ballot access, Zalcman stated that he was forced to withdraw

because he could not have reached the required number in the 19 days granted by the Governor Bruce Rauner.

Zalcman cites unfairness against this procedure comparing Comparing this special election to the one held in Illinois in 2013 for Jesse Jackson Jr. TMs vacated seat,

under similar circumstances to the Schock vacancy.

He states that this was "done purposely by the Governor to insure that Darin LaHood would not have to face any grassroots opposition in the campaign."

Zalcman then concluded his statement saying he'll focus on his efforts on running in the upcoming March primary for the same seat.

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