Stockwell, Bayne withdraw
The field of Democratic candidates hoping to replace U.S. Rep. Lane Evans on the November ballot continues to shrink.Bayne noted that his recent trips to Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia had prevented him from participating in candidate forums and he simply didn't have time to woo committeemen.
Hal Bayne, a retired oral surgeon from Taylor Ridge, announced Thursday he is withdrawing. He contacted 17th Congressional District Central Committee co-chairman Don Johnston to tell him.
Macon County Auditor Amy Stockwell announced her withdrawal Wednesday. She endorsed John Sullivan, a state senator from Rushville.
Still in the race are Mike Boland, state representative from East Moline; Phil Hare, Rep. Evans' district director from Rock Island; Rob Mellon, a teacher from Adams County; Mark Schwiebert, mayor of Rock Island; and Mr. Sullivan.
Oddly, Mr. Bayne would've cast his endorsement for Ms. Stockwell if she hadn't withdrew.
"Stockwell was the best candidate," Mr. Bayne said, noting her fiscal policies and opinions on foreign policy. "When I look at the slate now, I am concerned."