Benjamin Baer photo

(Benjamin Baer photo)

An additional challenger has filed for election in the 16th Congressional District, currently held by Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger. The district covers portions of the WSPY listening area.

Benjamin Baer, a social studies teacher at Coal City High School, filed petitions on Wednesday and will run as a Democrat. His filing, currently creates a contested primary.

As WSPY previously reported, Dani Brzozowski of LaSalle, who is the LaSalle Co. Democratic Party Chair, announced her candidacy in September.

Baer said in a post, "as your representative, I would pledge to listen to my constituents and be your tireless advocate in Washington."

Baer additionally said, "I would advocate for improvements in education by de-emphasizing testing, stand for labor movements and measured regulation to protect consumers, and fight for more people to receive health care."

Baer said those initiatives would be paid for, "by promoting a progressive tax structure and closing tax loopholes."

Congressman Kinzinger is now in his fifth term. Primary and general elections take place in 2020.