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Cheri Bustos Ready for Fourth Career

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Moline Congresswoman Cheri Bustos has decided not to run for reelection, saying she's ready for a new challenge.

Michelle O'Neill reports the Democratic representative from Moline doesn't know what her next career might be.

Changing careers is part of who Cheri Bustos is. Every ten years or so, the Springfield native and 36-year resident of the Quad Cities examines her goals and, with input from her family, makes a decision about what to do next.
 
 
 
For 17 years, Bustos worked as a journalist at the Quad City Times, then she spent ten years in health care before winning her first Congressional race in 2012.
 
 
 
She says she doesn't have anything lined up and is healthy and enthusiastic about continuing to serve. And she has 20 months to figure it out. Bustos also won't say whether she might run for office again. She's following her mother's advice by not saying, "never."
 
 
Every time Bustos has run for office, whether East Moline City Council or the House of Representative, she has won.
 
 
 
During her tenure in the US House, Bustos has spent a lot of time listening and learning. For example, "Cheri on Shift" taught her what workers do for their jobs in Illinois' 17th Congressional district. And new candidates could learn a lot from her.

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