SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Tim Tarter of Springfield has joined the list of Republican candidates vying to challenge incumbent Dick Durbin in 2020. He has the support of Congressman Rodney Davis (IL-13) and Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming.
Dr. Tarter, who currently works for Cancer Care Specialists of Illinois, served on the faculty of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
"I am proud to announce my campaign for U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2020. Voters are going to have clear choices in November 2020," Tarter said in his August 15 announcement.
"Dick Durbin stands for a single-payor health care system, and I stand for improving our health care system that the majority of Americans find excellent or good. We can reduce the cost of health care in the United States without forcing every American into an inferior single-payor plan, especially those who have paid into Medicare all of their working lives," he said.
He also pointed to his position on immigration.
"Dick Durbin is the second ranking Democrat in the U.S. Senate, and his party stands for an open border policy. I stand for a sovereign nation with secure borders. I stand for immigration reform. American citizens need to decide who gets invited into the American family," Tarter said.
Other Republicans reportedly gathering petition signatures to get on the 2020 IL GOP Primary ballot include Metro East resident Peggy Hubbard, former Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran and another doctor who ran last campaign cycle as a Democrat – Dr. Robert Marshall.
Tarter and his wife are active in the Sangamon County Republican organization.
Good luck Dr Tom
I’m getting behind the part time sales clerk at the second hand sporting goods store in Shelbyville. He really speaks to what the state needs.
This is just embarrassing for the Illinois GOP that they have less than zero credibility in this state.
Correction: Good luck Dr Tim
Dr. Tarter, a Democrat two years ago and a Bernie Sanders Donor in 2016.
It seems to me the only REAL conservative in this race so far is Peggy Hubbard.
Not that it really matters but a citation that he was a Bernie donor would be helpful.
My error. Wrong doctor.
Apparently what I received referred to Dr. Robert Marshall.
No worries. It makes him even less relevant. At least if he were a Bernie donor he would generate something other than a yawn and a “who?”