U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos appears to have a challenger next year for her 17th District seat.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos appears to have a challenger next year for her 17th District seat.

In a news release Wednesday morning, Esther Joy King announced her candidacy. The Republican is a small-business owner who practices law in East Moline.

“Our region can provide leadership and promote Midwestern sensibilities in the national conversation,” King stated in the release. “With my experience of service and practical problem solving, I offer values-centered representation to each and every person in the district.”

King is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve Corps. She belongs to the Judge Advocate General group based at the Rock Island Arsenal.

Previously, she practiced law in Chicago. She also served as an aid worker in Afghanistan.

As a child, King resided with her Christian-missionary parents in Juarez, Mexico, where they helped establish schools and provided other humanitarian aid.

The 17th District includes most of the city of Peoria south of War Memorial Drive, as well as most of Pekin and part of East Peoria. Fulton, Henry, Knox and Warren counties, among other places, also are part of the district.

Bustos, a Democrat, is in the midst of her fourth two-year term. She also is chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Candidates for public office can begin to circulate nominating petitions Sept. 3.