DECATUR — A first-time candidate from Springfield has joined the growing field of Democrats looking to challenge U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis in the 13th Congressional District.

Betsy Dirksen Londrigan announced Thursday she will seek to challenge Davis, a Taylorville Republican, in the November 2018 election.

Londrigan, who has never held public office, has worked as a fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Springfield Democrat, and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.

A lifelong Springfield resident, Londrigan cited Republican health care legislation as the main reason she is running for Congress. In a news release, she mentioned her son’s rare, life-threatening illness in 2009 and how the insurance and protections they had saved her family from financial disaster.

“No family should be put in danger of bankruptcy because of an unexpected medical emergency, and people with pre-existing conditions need confidence they will be able to afford their health care,” Londrigan said. “Health care is a serious issue, and you deserve a voice in Washington who will treat it with the consideration it deserves.”

Londrigan, 46, enters a Democratic field that already includes David Gill, a Bloomington physician has run for Congress five times before, and Benjamin Webb, an English teacher at University High School in Normal.

State Rep. Carol Ammons, D-Urbana, has publicly stated an interest in running against Davis, who is expected to seek his fourth term in office.

Davis has been a perpetual target for Democrats for his entire time in Congress. He initially won the district in 2012 by 1,002 votes, or 0.03 percent of the total cast.

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