COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A self-described conservative and anti-abortion activist says she'll mount a second Democratic challenge to Republican congressman John Shimkus.
Angela Michael tells the Belleville News-Democrat she's challenging the long-time incumbent and hopes to use her candidacy to draw attention to abortion.
She did the same thing in 2012 when Democrats didn't mount an opponent to face Shimkus, who was first elected to congress in 1996. Michael received about 31 percent of the vote in that general election, compared with Shimkus' 69 percent.
Michael and her husband have 13 children and regularly protest outside an area abortion clinic. She says he hopes to use FCC laws about election advertisements to show graphic images of fetuses, the way she did in 2012.
The 15th District includes 33 counties.
Reed says not enough progress has been made on the tough issues faced by city residents. "I'm knocking on doors because our crime rate is too high," Reed hammered, "and the job creation is too low."
Slay, who's running for a record fourth term in office, spent much of his time talking about his accomplishments as mayor. "In a tough economy, we've seen over six-billion dollars of new investment and development," Slay said. "We've seen crime drop...it's the lowest crime rate we've seen in the city since 1972."
There was also talk of how campaign funds on both sides were handled.
The Democratic Primary is expected to decide the race for Mayor of St. Louis.