QUINCY -- A Quincy native plans to formally announce his candidacy Sunday for the 18th Congressional District.
Brian Deters will host an event at noon at Washington Park.
Deters, who has a home in Morton and has been teaching social studies in Switzerland since 2012, also will hold two meet-and-greets Saturday -- at 8 p.m. at Harrison Pub, 1701 Harrison, and at 9:30 p.m. at Revelry/Park Bench, 121 N. Fourth.
"For nearly two decades, I taught at Morton High School on one end of the district," Deters said in a release. "On the other end of the district is my hometown of Quincy. Over the years, I've learned that many in the 18th District are indeed conservatives but they're also independent-minded and kindhearted. I'm confident we can find commonality regarding some of the egregious things going on right now in Washington, D.C., and in our country."
Deters will likely face Junius Rodriguez, a history professor at Eureka College, in the Democratic primary March 20. Rodriguez ran for the seat in 2016, losing to U.S. Rep Darin LaHood, R-Dunlap, by a margin of more than 2-to-1.