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MURPHYSBORO — Longtime state Rep. Mike Bost will seek to challenge first-term incumbent U.S. Rep. William Enyart,

D-Belleville, for the 12 Congressional District seat in 2014.

Bost, a Republican from Murphys-boro plans a series of ann-ouncements Monday, but confirmed his intent on Friday afternoon.

“I had to make a clear decision,” Bost told The Southern Illi-noisan. “I’m in or out.”

A member of the Illinois House since 1995, Bost will make campaign announcements in Belleville, Mount Vernon and Murphysboro.

His local announcement at 6:30 p.m. in the Davis-McCann Civic Center, 15 N. 14th St., Murphysboro

Bost will be challenging freshmen Democrat Enyart, who was elected last year to Congress.

Bost’s 115th House seat in Illinois is also up in 2014.

Bost on Friday discussed his decision to run for federal office.

“Whenever I watched how the federal government has basically blown everything they are doing right now...the thing is our kids, this is about the first generation that doesn’t get a better life handed to them from their parents,” Bost said. “That’s wrong; it’s just wrong.

“It’s frustrating to see out of control spending in Washington and watch immigration that is not being dealt with wisely,” he continued. “It’s rough to see when we are losing jobs and have high unemployment...nothing being done.”

Bost, a Marine veteran, also criticized cuts President Barack Obama’s administration intends for the military.

“I was around when (former president) Jimmy Carter cut the military. That’s why we failed to save the hostages in Iran. …And we were using equipment at that time we had left over from Vietnam,” Bost said. “That sent a clear message then and it does now we are not a force in readiness, and we need to be.”

Asked for comment Friday, Enyart’s staff said the congressman would release a statement Monday.


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