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SPRINGFIELD — A Bloomington doctor says he is launching another bid for Congress, but not as a Democrat this time around.

David Gill, who has sought to represent Central Illinois in the nation's capitol four previous times beginning a decade ago, announced Tuesday he will be making an independent bid in 2016 for the 13th Congressional District post.

"Within what amounts to a one-party system, most American citizens have been without a true voice in Washington for far too long. We deserve much better," the 55-year-old emergency room physician said in a prepared statement.

If he collects enough signatures to qualify for the November 2016 ballot — he'll need an estimated 15,000 registered voters — Gill is likely to face off against incumbent U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, a second-term Republican from Taylorville.

No Democrat has stepped forward to challenge Davis.

Gill last ran for the seat in 2012 and lost by 1,002 votes to Davis.

He stepped aside in 2014 when the Democratic Party coalesced behind former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis.

Gill also served as an assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health under former Gov. Pat Quinn.

"Our polling demonstrates that my independent campaign will be highly competitive, in spite of the obstacles built into the system by the two major parties," Gill said.

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