IL-16/IL-14 UPDATED: James Marter Files FEC Paperwork Declaring Candidacy to Challenge Lauren Underwood, Announces Endorsements

James Marter
Lauren Underwood

The Southland Journal coverage can be viewed here.

The filing with the Federal Election Commission this morning can be viewed here.

McHenry County Blog will post Marter’s 3rd quarter FEC fundraising with the IL-16 tote board, since he was a candidate in the 16th District throughout the 3rd quarter.

The following from press release for Marter for Congress of October 13, 2021:

Marter Announces Important, First Ever Endorsements from Ground Zero Chaplain and Child Bride Rescuer

“I’m proud and honored to have earned the trust of people like these heroic individuals.

“These are issue experts on challenges that need to be addressed, including the growth of terrorism in Afghanistan, child brides on American soil, the need to support law enforcement and protecting religious freedom and our Constitutional rights.”

James Marter statement announcing two more endorsements for Congress, October 13, 2021


The first Marter endorsement comes from human rights activist, Anni Cyrus.

Ms. Cyrus spoke at a recent Marter event where she proudly endorsed him as her first candidate endorsement since coming to America, 18 years ago.

Ms. Cyrus was once a child bride in her birth country, Iran. Her journey included being sold by her father as a teenager, imprisoned, lashed, abused and eventually smuggled to safety and freedom, becoming a legal, American Citizen.

Here, she founded Live Up To Freedom, an organization that helps women and children suffering human rights atrocities, through education and direct rescue action. Her story gives her unique credibility when speaking out against issues like modern day sex slavery and ideological threats to our rights and freedoms.

“We need people like James Marter who are serious about these issues in Congress.”

Anni Cyrus, urging her fellow Americans to support Marter’s Campaign.


The second endorsement comes from Pastor Stephen Lee, who has been a law enforcement officer, a federal special agent or law enforcement chaplain since 1973. He was assigned to foreign counter intelligence and counter terrorism. He served at many critical incidents of national significance including natural disasters and man-made tragedies, like the Mandalay Bay mass shooting and a month working with first-responders, as the Chaplain at the 9/11 Ground Zero Site in New York City.

As a former church planter and missionary, Pastor Lee recalls having more freedom of religion in the public square in Russia or Nicaragua than he has today in America and warns that American greatness is currently being “thrown away with both hands.”

“I bring a lot of experience to this folks.

“I’ve always avoided political involvement. Now is not the time for politics as usual. Now is the time to save America.

“Next month, I’ll be 69 years old and this evening I’m going to do something I’ve never done before in my life. I’m speaking my heart and my head, I’m going to publicly endorse a political candidate, Jim Marter.”

Pastor Stephen Lee, before ending a recent Marter event speech


IL-16/IL-14 UPDATED: James Marter Files FEC Paperwork Declaring Candidacy to Challenge Lauren Underwood, Announces Endorsements — 8 Comments

  1. I think he should have waited to see what the districts look like, or if he is even in IL 14.

    Yes, he can run for any, but “you dont live here” is an effective cheap shot.

  2. Pat C., with Underwood purchasing her 1st home in Will County right after winning her 2nd term, and the options where Underwood’s district would be remapped, it’s a safe bet Kendall County will be in the new IL-14.

    Marter did right thing making the move to IL-14 now.

    Given Underwood won Kendall County last fall, it will be seen as safe for her, and adding the Kendall County portion of the city of Aurora to IL-14 will make Kendall County more Democrat.

  3. Bred, the 20% ding dong democrats and the 35% cheat by mail/ harvested/digitally hacked, which is taboo to even think about much less talk about.

    Take the McHenry County Clerk, Joe Tirio, for example.

    He said his voting machines are not connected to the internet, but they are.

    And they glitched at 11:56 pm last November election.

    Ask Joe about it.

  4. I like James Marter. He is an honest and decent person.

  5. Marter is a cartoon character.

    Somebody should stop him from doing this to himself.

    Is he a cutter?

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