Marshall to challenge Durbin for U.S. Senate

Robert Marshall is a resident of Burr Ridge, a southwest suburn of Chicago. (Photo courtesy


By Neil Doyle

BERWYN – Republican Robert Marshall announced his campaign Tuesday for U.S. Senate against Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill) in the upcoming 2020 election.

Marshall, a Vietnam veteran and physician, formerly ran for Illinois governor as a Democrat.

He has served as a member of the Burr Ridge Board of Trustees, was a participant for the Burr Ridge/Willowbrook Chamber of Commerce and the Berwyn Development Corporation.

“I look forward to sharing my vision in the Illinois Republican Primary on how to best grow the
Republican Party in Illinois and beat Dick Durbin to bring a much needed Conservative voice in
Illinois,” said Marshall in a release.

Marshall is the second Republican to enter the race.  Dean Seppelfrick announced his candidacy last month.

Durbin holds the second highest position among Senate Democrats. He was first elected to the Senate in 1996 after the retirement of his mentor, the late Paul Simon.

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