The most high-profile Republican primary challenger to freshman Rep.
Darlene Ruscitti, the
Ruscitti had been backed by Republican Rep.
But Walsh later decided to seek election in the new 8th District, where no incumbent currently lives. The new district includes Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg and Elk Grove Village and leans Democrat. Two major Democratic candidates have emerged:
“Service to this great state and nation is the reason I decided to run for Congress and that passion for public service will continue to guide me as an educator and civic leader in the years to come,” Ruscitti said in a statement. She said she had gathered 4,000 signatures on her candidacy petitions.
Walsh issued a statement praising Ruscitti for choosing "to put her country and party ahead of political interest."
Filing of candidacy petitions for congressional candidates for the March 20 state primary begins Friday at the Illinois State Board of Elections. The filing date was pushed back as a federal court panel reviewed and ultimately rejected a Republican challenge to the Democratic-drawn redistricting map.