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ALTAMONT — An Altamont school board member on Monday announced his intention to run for U.S. Congress in Illinois' 15th District.

Kerry Wolff is the vice president of the Altamont Unit No. 10 school board. He is a sales consultant for Effingham-based solar installer Tick Tock Energy, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Wolff, in his news release, calls himself a "common-sense conservative." He says he is pro-life and believes in protecting the Second Amendment. He also says American prosperity is a result of lower taxes and less intrusive government. He also says he'll push for common-sense immigration reform "through secure borders and clear paths to citizenship."

"Washington is currently overrun by an elite political class who is more interested in fighting each other in a scorched-earth battle for control, rather than doing what is right by representing the best interests of their constituents back home," Wolff said.

Wolff has a wife, Gina, and two children. He is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Altamont.

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The 15th District seat will be vacant in 2020. Rep. John Shimkus announced in August he would not seek a 13th term in Congress.

The district includes all or part of 33 counties, including Saline, Hamilton, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Gallatin, Hardin and White.

Other candidates who have announced their intentions to run for the vacant seat or filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission are republicans Mary Miller, Alex Walker of Mattoon, Lori Fuller of Collinsville, Charles Ellington of Camargo, and John Bambenek of Champaign and democrats Kevin Gaither of Charleston and John W. Hursey Jr. of Collinsville.

The primary for the 2020 November general election is in March. The filing period for the 2020 election is Nov. 25 through Dec. 2.

— Scott Perry of Lee News Services contributed to this story.

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