Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier and self-described “white racialist,” filed Monday to run for Congress in the 3rd District, according to Illinois State Board of Elections records.
Jones won the Republican nomination for the seat last year after no other Republican ran against him. Incumbent Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, then soundly defeated Jones in the general election.
The Lyons resident gained notoriety last year for his anti-Semitic views and for once being a member of the National Socialist, or American Nazi, party. Despite losing to Lipinski, Jones still earned more than 50,000 votes in the district, and over 11,000 in Will County alone.
This year though, Mike Fricilone, a Will County Board member from Homer Glen, is running for the Republican nomination. He said he wanted to run in part to have a candidate who "upholds the GOP ideals and conservative platforms" on the ballot.
Brandon Harris, the president of the Will County Young Republicans, said he and his group denounced Jones' candidacy.
"His rhetoric is unacceptable for our party,” said Harris.
Fricilone echoed Harris’s sentiments and said he hoped the electorate will agree when they go to the polls in March.
Jones did not immediately return multiple calls for comment Monday.
The 3rd District includes all or parts of Crest Hill, Homer Glen, Lemont, Lockport and Romeoville.