Dr. Tom Tarter, a cancer surgeon from Springfield, made it official Monday: He’s running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Illinois.
Tarter hopes to take on a fellow Springfieldian, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, in November 2020, but the first step is the March primary, where another Republican, former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, has also said he is running.
In an announcement statement, Tarter said of Durbin: “I am running to replace an out-of-touch career politician who no longer represents Illinois values, and who obstructs progress.” […]
Tarter, a native of Portland, Oregon, is a graduate of Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon; got a doctorate from Oregon Health Sciences University, based in Portland; and his medical degree is from Albany Medical College, Albany, N.Y. He has lived in Springfield for more than 17 years.
I saw a couple of his yard signs when I was at the State Fair on Saturday.
* From his announcement statement…
I am proud to announce my campaign for U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2020. Voters are going to have clear choices in November 2020. Dick Durbin stands for a single-payor health care system, and I stand for improving our health care system that the majority of Americans find excellent or good. We can reduce the cost of health care in the United States without forcing every American into an inferior single-payor plan, especially those who have paid into Medicare all of their working lives. Dick Durbin is the second ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, and his party stands for an open border policy. I stand for a sovereign nation with secure borders. I stand for immigration reform. American citizens need to decide who gets invited into the American family. With your support, I can replace Dick Durbin and make progress in health care and immigration for our state and our country. I hope you will continue to follow my journey to the United States Senate.