Eric Reyes

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Eric Reyes
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Illinois, District 17th
High schoolRock Island High School (1977)
Bachelor'sAugustana College
J.D.Northern Illinois University, College of Law
Place of birthRock Island, Illinois
Campaign website
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Eric Reyes is a Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in the 2014 elections. He ran in the 17th congressional district of Illinois.

Reyes was a 2012 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 17th Congressional District of Illinois. He announced his decision to run as an Independent in the general election, rather than face off in the Democratic primary in the 17th district.[1][2] [3]


Reyes grew up in Rock Island, Illinois and is currently a resident of the Quad Cities (comprised of Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, and Davenport). [4]


  • Lincoln Elementary, Audubon, Illinois
  • Washington Junior High School
  • Rock Island High School (1997)
  • Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, with B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy
  • Northern Illinois University, College of Law


  • "Northern Illinois County Organizer," Obama for Senate campaign [4]
  • Law office practicing primarily family law [4]
  • 2008-2010: Assistant State's Attorney[4]
  • January 2010:Returned to private practice[4]
  • July 2010: Partner, VanDerGinst Law, P.C[4]
  • June 2011: Returned to private practice[4]


Campaign themes


On his campaign website Reyes had 4 leading issues that he was concerned about. They were:[5]

  • Job Growth: Excerpt: "As your Congressman, I will be more than happy to work with my neighboring Congressmen, regardless of party, because our geographically connected districts rise and fall together. We cannot afford to attempt to isolate ourselves from our neighbors. Nor can we afford to reject proposals by members of either party simply because they have a (D) or (R) by their name. My plan to stimulate job creation through airport expansion and improvement is not only logical, but also has the necessary universal support to be practical."
  • Health Care: Excerpt: "I believe access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege. In addition, I would work to expand the highly-effective and highly-efficient community health center programs, which, provide comprehensive primary care services to all in their community without regard to ability to pay. I also wants to significantly expand the National Health Service Corps which provides scholarships and loan repayment to those health professionals who agree to work in medical and dental under-served areas, a vital resource for overcoming the shortage of health personnel in urban and inner city regions."
  • Immigration Reform: Excerpt: "I believe our immigration system needs a COMPLETE OVERHAUL. The system needs to simplified and it needs to be far less expensive. An average adult should have the ability to fill out the paperwork correctly, and it shouldn’t cost months, worth of wages to apply for an immigrant visa. I’ve grown tired of hearing from people who tell me that their ancestors immigrated here “the right way.” Of course, these individuals often have no idea what “the right way” was back then."
  • Gun Rights: Excerpt: "I support the individual right to own firearms. This includes for sporting uses, as well as self-defense uses. Without question, I believe the government has the right to regulate the use and type of such weapons, to require background checks and waiting periods, and to register the ownership of such items."



See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Illinois, 2014

Schilling ran for election to the U.S. House, representing the 17th congressional district of Illinois. The general election takes place on November 4, 2014.


See also: Illinois' 17th congressional district elections, 2012

Reyes lost to Democrat Cheri Bustos in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Illinos' 17th District. Reyes ran as an Independent.[6]

Reyes announced his decision to run as an Independent in the general election, rather than face off in the Democratic primary in the 17th district.[7]

U.S. House, Illinois District 17 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCheri Bustos 53.3% 153,519
     Republican Bobby Schilling Incumbent 46.7% 134,623
     Independent Eric Reyes 0% 10
Total Votes 288,152
Source: Illinois Board of Elections "2012 General Election Official Vote Totals"

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