Since Brendan Kelly first launched his campaign in July 2017, Southern Illinoisans have rallied to his campaign. Today, one day out from Election Day in a district Trump won by 15 points, poll after poll has the race within the margin of error.


WSIL: Spotlight stays on Congressional race between Bost, Kelly

McClatchy: This moderate Democrat’s model is being copied where it matters — in Trump territory

The Southern Illinoisan: 12th District Congressional hopeful Brendan Kelly unveils plan for “saving Southern Illinois”

McClatchy: Can Dems win back the Obama-Trump voter? This race is the test.

Belleville News-Democrat: Bost used $91,000 in taxpayer-funded postage in 2017 — tops among Illinois reps

National Journal: Moderate Democratic Candidates Help Put Red Seats in Play

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Metro East congressional race could draw national attention

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Ad for Illinois congressional candidate Brendan Kelly puts opioids epidemic front and center

The Southern: Brendan Kelly lays out platform for 12th Congressional District run

USA Today: Dems’ first wave of recruits ‘outsiders’ in 2017 version of Tea Party

Belleville News Democrat: Congressional candidate Brendan Kelly wants to hear from you about the opioid epidemic

Roll Call: Bellwether Illinois District Returns to the Playing Field

Belleville News Democrat: Brendan Kelly is running for Congress. This is why.



Q1 of 2018: Kelly – $585,000; Bost – $535,000

Q2 of 2018: Kelly – $530,000; Bost – $414,000

Q3 of 2018: Kelly – $1.21 million; Bost – $550,000

  • Cycle Total: Kelly – $3.4 million; Bost – $2.6 million 

Percentage of contributions from individuals:

  • Kelly – 85% from individuals
  • Bost – Less than half (49%) from individuals


  • 2 Newspapers: The St. Louis Post Dispatch: We recommend Brendan Kelly for U.S. House, Illinois 12th District and The Southern Illinoisan: As 12th District Congressman, Bost won’t listen. Give Kelly a chance

  • 6 Democratic leaders: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Tammy Duckworth, Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Seth Moulton and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

  • 15 advocacy groups: End Citizens United, VoteVets, Human Rights Campaign, Illinois Dem County Chairs’ Association, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, JStreet, Blue Dogs, New Dems, Council for a Livable World, JACPAC, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, Black Economic Alliance and Alliance for Retired Americans

  • 15 International Unions: AFL-CIO, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, & Reinforcing Iron Workers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Amalgamated Transit, Sheet Metal Workers International Association, United Steelworkers, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons, American Federation of Teachers, National Association of Social Workers, and SEIU
  • 20 mayors across Southern Illinois in the communities of:  Alton, Belleville, Bonnie, Brooklyn, Cahokia, Centreville, Chester, Christopher, East St. Louis, Fairmont City, Fairview Heights, Granite City, Millstadt, Madison, Sauget, Sesser, Swansea, Red Bud, Venice, and Washington Park

  • 24 law enforcement officials across Southern Illinois including: Retired Chief, Alton PD Bill Fitzgerald; Retired Chief, Mascoutah Bruce Fleshren; Chief, Fairmont City Scott Penny; Chief Granite City Rich Miller; Chief Swansea Steve Johnson; Alexander County Sheriff Tim Brown; Jackson County Sheriff Robert Burns; Madison County Sheriff John Lakin; Randolph County Sheriff Shannon Wolff; St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson; Union County Sheriff Scott Harvel; Williamson County Sheriff Benny Vick; Retired Sheriff, Union County Jim Nash; Former United States Attorney Steve Wigginton; President, St. Clair County Fraternal Order of Police Kiwon Guyton; Area Vice President, IFPE Local 4408 Paul Sullivan; Retired Warden, Southwestern Illinois Correctional Center Jeff Parker; Retired Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Reppert; Alexander County State’s Attorney Zach Gowin; Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr; Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons; Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker; Williamson County State’s Attorney Brandon Zanotti; and Union County State’s Attorney Tyler Edmonds

  • 40+ Local Unions: AFSCME Council 31, International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental, & Reinforcing Iron Workers Local 392, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Locals 309, 649 & 702, Southwestern Illinois, Building and Construction Trades Council, Egyptian Building and Construction Trades Council, International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Local 363, Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 8 & 72, International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers Lodge 660, Southwestern Illinois Laborers’ District Council, Illinois State Association of Letter Carriers, Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local 268, Union of Needletrades, Industrial, and Textile Employees (UNITE), Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees (HERE) Local 74, United Brotherhood and Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing, Pipefitting, and Sprinkler Fitting of the United States and Canada Locals 439, 101, 160, 360, 553 & 551, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 881, International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators Local 1, Operative Plasterers and Cement Masons Local 90, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Council 25 and Local 50, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Local 444, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Council 31, Illinois Federation of Teachers, United Steelworkers Local 1899/District 7, International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 493, Communication Workers of America Local 4217/District 4, National Treasury Employees Chapter 14, American Postal Workers Local 407, International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2, National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 1019, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 778, American Postal Workers Union – St. Louis Gateway Local & Southwestern Illinois Local and United Auto Workers District Region 4

Brendan Kelly is running for Congress in Illinois’s 12th Congressional District. The son of lifelong public servants, Brendan grew up in Southern Illinois. After serving in the Navy, he came home to raise his family. As the elected prosecutor of the largest county in the district, Brendan has fought corruption in both parties, prioritized prosecution of children’s sex assault, and successfully sued several of the nation’s biggest banks. He was the first prosecutor in Illinois to file suit against big pharmaceutical companies for their role in the opioid crisis. Brendan is endorsed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Representative Cheri Bustos, AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers, and AFSCME, among others.

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