ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Former Rockford meteorologist Eric Sorensen has announced he’s running for Rep. Cheri Bustos’ seat in Congress.
Sorensen, a Democrat, will run to represent Illinois’ 17th Congressional District after Bustos announced in April she would not seek re-election.
Sorensen worked as meteorologist at WREX from 2003 until 2014, and then moved to take a job at WQAD in the Quad Cities.
“Now, I think we definitely need that person to be in Washington that has the scientific background to say ‘hey, these are the steps that we need to take so that we’re not bankrupting the next generation,'” Sorensen said.
On Wednesday morning, former State Rep. Litesa Wallace (D) also announced her candidacy.
Esther Joy King (R), Charlie Helmick (R), Rockford Alderman Jonathan Logemann (D), and Rock Island County Board Member Angie Normoyle (D) have announced they are running for Bustos’ soon-to-be vacated spot.