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Carl Spoerer is a strong supporter of the working class and unions. He will put people’s values and needs above corporations and campaign donations. Carl’s priorities lie in the parents concerned about good paying jobs and schools for their children, the grandmother concerned about her health care and that of her grandchildren, and the values that make our communities strong. His number one goal is to bring back the thousands of jobs lost to the District. In a number of District cities, approximately 10-18 percent of jobs have been lost, creating far too many hardships for the people in those communities.

Through the creation of Job Leadership Teams (citizens, workers, union leaders, business leaders, and state/federal officials), Carl will initiate regional economic plans and seek the necessary resources to bring manufacturing, clean energy, and other industry jobs to the District.

District 15 residents have gone far too long without the financial resources they need for our communities to flourish. Recent budget cuts and the threat of health care repeal further exacerbate this problem. Carl will fight to ensure our veterans receive the services and care they need. Carl will fight to ensure that mental health centers and community mental health agencies receive the appropriate funding to combat poverty, opioid addiction, PTSD, and a myriad of other mental health issues that affect the constituent’s ability to be a productive member of the community.

Carl believes in common-sense rural values like honesty, integrity and fiscal responsibility.  He is ready to work tirelessly to ensure workers, farmers, miners, and other groups left behind by politicians in Washington will never be ignored again.

Carl will challenge the incumbent U.S. Rep. John Shimkus in 2018. Shimkus’ voting record reveals he votes 100 percent for corporations, 92 percent for taxing the working class, and only 5 percent favoring labor rights and wages.

Take a look at Rep. Shimkus’ voting record to understand why the people of the 15th Illinois Congressional District deserve better representation. Shimkus is a 22-year Washington insider who has voted to eliminate essential health care options for millions of people, voted to repeal EPA protections that keep people safe and healthy, and voted to repeal financial protections that saved the country from another depression.

Carl is an independent voice who will fight to protect the Unions (the backbone of the working class), Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, health care, public education and critical farming programs.

Carl will be an open, accessible representative who will never forget the needs of working men and women in the 15th Illinois Congressional District.

Carl’s strong background in business, coupled with his rural roots, leadership as a athletic coach, and his deep understanding of critical issues facing voters in Illinois’ 15th Congressional District make him the logical choice as your new representative in Congress.

Carl was born in Bradford, PA, a farming community. He learned business skills early on from his father, a comptroller, and his mother, a financial analyst. He graduated in 1985 from the University of Illinois with a degree in finance. Prior to starting his business 21 years ago, Rural County Marketing Corp., a telecom company, Carl was a real estate developer and owned a landscaping firm in Atlanta, GA.

He lives in rural Mahomet with his wife, Kara, a veterinarian. Carl and Kara have three children of high school and college age.


Carl Spoerer will put the greater public good first. He will not sell his vote to corporate interests putting his constituents values and needs aside. -Don Gerrard


Endorsements and supporters
Of the Independent Leadership

  • Katie White

    “I endorse Carl Spoerer for his commitments to fairness for everyone, growth in the 15th vía industry and jobs, concerns about the issues we all face living in Central and Southern Illinois as a less prosperous area of the state, and for being vocal about the issues that matter to me as a professional educator. as a Coach he knows what it takes to lead and isn’t afraid to do it. I’m ready for change and growth.”

  • Katie Miller

    “Carl respects Illinois citizens’ right to affordable health care- we need a candidate that won’t allow insurance companies to exclude coverage of pre-existing conditions, put us into high-risk pools, and won’t cut essential health benefits such as maternity, pediatrics, mental health and prescription. Americans will die if these come back into the marketplace.”

  • Diane Summers

    “I endorse Carl Spoerer because he has a great vision for all of Il15, not just the top 1%.”

  • Dwight Smith

    “Carl sound like the sort of person who I might be able to work with in Washington D.C. I would hope he will support and work with me to make Our Campaign for The American People successful for all of us.”

  • Katherine Yager

    “John Shimkus promised he would limit his term, then he backed out of his own sworn promise. He only follows whatever the Rups tell him to do. Not a southern Il. thinker or rep. he is just another rubber stamp Republican. I want representation for my area, not just the party line.”

  • Brandice Connor

    “We have to support socially progressive candidates. Bigotry, racism, misogyny, xenophobia, homophobia are out, progressive all-inclusiveness is in!”


Don Gerrard

is voting for Carl Spoerer

Carl isn’t a politician.  He is a genuine aspiring public servant who will put the greater good first!

Sandra Mott

is voting for Carl Spoerer

“Carl is a decent, honest man who truly cares about people. Our district needs a Representative who will listen to us and represent our interests in Washington, not those of corporations. I wholeheartedly support him to be our Representative and urge you to do the same.” – Sandra Mott

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