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A former Democratic nominee in central Illinois's 13th Congressional District has announced an independent bid for the seat.

Bloomington doctor David Gill said Tuesday that his "independent campaign will be highly competitive, in spite of the obstacles built into the system by the two major parties."

Gill last ran for the seat in 2012 and lost by 1,002 votes to Republican Rodney Davis, now in his second term. Reports indicate no Democrat has announced plans to challenge Davis.

Gill needs to collect signatures from an estimated 15,000 registered voters to qualify for the November 2016 ballot.

The 55-year-old emergency room physician served as an assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health under former Gov. Pat Quinn.

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