Former meteorologist joins the stormy field of hope for the 17th

The field of candidates for the successor to the US MP Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) is getting denser every day.

Former Moline TV meteorologist Eric Sorensen announced on his Facebook page Wednesday morning that he would seek the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District.

“TIME TO SERVE: Since major weather events affected your family, I was your weather man. We have established a connection. I deserve your trust. And I’m not done yet, ”he wrote in his online announcement. “I am ready to use my academic background to solve problems for families in Illinois.”

On Sorensen’s campaign website, ericforillinois.com, he writes, “I have spent 22 years protecting you by telling the truth, informing and educating our communities on a daily basis. Because I’ve told you how the weather has affected your jobs, schools, weekends, and yes, sometimes your life, I’ve gained your trust through thousands of broadcasts that bring you the daily weather and important updates about once in one Century ‘storms deliver.

A gay man and Rockford native Sorensen says that in the QC area, he is “playing a more active role in our LGBTQ community – on the boards of Clock, Inc. and The Project of the Quad Cities, initiatives that target people at risk connect to”. Individuals to Health Services. This is part of the service to your community that I learned from my grandfathers. “

Formerly a meteorologist for WQAD-TV, Sorensen is currently the marketing and communication specialist for UnityPoint Health – Trinity. He lives in Moline with his partner Shawn and the two dogs Oliver and Petey.

Rockford Alderman Jonathan Logemann and Rock Island County Board Member Angie Normoyle are also seeking the Democratic nomination for the race. On the Republican side, Esther Joy King and Charlie Helmick are aiming for nominations for the GOP 2022.

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