Greene County man enters Congressional race

By Jim McCabe on December 1 at 7:21am

13th District Congressman Rodney Davis has a challenger in next spring’s primary, and it’s a person from Carrollton.

According to state election information, Ethan Vandersand filed yesterday in Springfield shortly before noon. Vandersand’s Facebook page indicates he’s a pharmacist in Jerseyville.

According to online reports, Vandersand rejected a request to fill a prescription for the morning-after pill at the Beardstown Wal-Mart in 2006. He was reportedly disciplined by Wal-Mart but filed a civil rights lawsuit.

A federal judge subsequently ruled Illinois pharmacists were not obligated to dispense Plan-B and “emergency contraceptives” in 2007.

Mark Wicklund of Decatur filed last week on the Democratic side.

No other new candidates filed for state or federal representation positions. Sam McCann and Bryce Benton will face off in the Republican primary for the 50th State Senate District, while Jil Tracy is unopposed in the 47th Senate race.

C.D. Davidsmeyer is unopposed in the 100th District State Representative race. In the 93rd District, which includes Cass County, Norine Hammond has filed on the Republican side, while John Curtis has filed on the Democratic side.

Congressman Darin LaHood is the only person to file for his seat in the 18th District.