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Former Rep. Bob Dold seeking rematch with Rep. Brad Schneider in Illinois 10

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WASHINGTON--Former Rep. Bob Dold (R-Ill.) announced Wednesday that he will run again in 2014, seeking to reclaim the seat he lost to Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) in 2012 in the north suburban Illinois 10th congressional district.


In an e-mail Dold sent Wednesday, obtained by the Sun-Times, Dold said after "deep reflection," he decided to run again. Dold lost after serving one term.

Schneider narrowly won in 2012, with 50.63 percent of the vote to Dold's 49.37 percent.

Dold's comeback bid will likely be one of the premier Illinois House contests in 2014. The Illinois primary is in March and it would seem that because of their standing, Dold and Schneider would pre-empt serious primary challengers.

React from the National Republican Campaign Committee:

"No one has worked harder for Illinois families than Bob Dold, he would be an exceptional candidate. The families of the 10th Congressional District deserve an independent voice once again because it has been clearly lacking with Pelosi's rubberstamp Brad Schneider." - NRCC Spokeswoman Katie Prill

React from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee:

"Just like a bad 90's sitcom that won't go away, former Congressman Bob Dold can only pretend he's with the times," said Brandon Lorenz of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "On every issue that matters, from defunding Planned Parenthood, to opposing the ability of same sex couples to marry, refusing to stop companies that want to drill for oil in the Great Lakes, and even voting for a budget that raises Medicare costs while rewarding special interests, Congressman Bob Dold has let the most extreme ideas run this Republican Congress."

The Schneider/Dold race was one of the most expensive in the 2012 cycle:

Dold
Raised: $4,569,085
Spent: $4,543,049
Cash on Hand: $107,293 as of Dec. 31, 2012

Dold did not show any first quarter, 2013 fund-raising on his FEC report.

Schneider
Raised: $3,043,849
Spent: $3,029,605
Cash on Hand: $14,244 as of Dec. 31, 2012

First quarter 2013 fund-raising, $390,206, according to the FEC


Below, the Dold letter.


May 8, 2013

Dear Friends,

I ran for Congress just a few years ago because I felt a call to serve the 10th District, and you sent me to Washington, DC to do just that. Together, we provided what so many say our country is missing right now - thoughtful leadership that was able to build bridges between parties, and put people before politics and progress ahead of partisanship. We succeeded in changing the dialogue to focus on getting our government on a budget and solving the biggest issues we face as a nation.

As someone who broke the mold and earned a reputation as one of the most independent-thinking, moderate members of Congress, and as someone who was never afraid to work with anybody who shared a desire to solve problems, I share your frustration with the current lack of compromise and the consistent stalemate in Washington.

Over the past few months, I've had the opportunity to speak with many of you about the problems you are facing in your businesses, in your households, and in your communities. You have encouraged me to carry your voice forward in 2014.

With deep reflection, and strong support from you, Danielle and our kids, my family and friends, I wanted to share with you first that I've made the decision to step forward and run in 2014 to represent the 10th District of Illinois.

I want to personally thank you for your continued encouragement. Running for office is never an easy decision for any candidate or their families, but this decision is much larger than my family and I; it is about serving our community and country.

I hope you will join me as we lay out our vision, together, for a more prosperous 10th District.

Very truly yours,


Bob Dold

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