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Our endorsements in congressional, state races.

Congress, Dist. 6: Cheney

The political landscape in the 6th Congressional District is considerably different in 2018 than when College of Lake County Trustee Amanda Howland first ventured to challenge entrenched Republican Peter Roskam two years ago. Closely linked to controversial Republican tax reform plan in a district that Donald Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016, Roskam now is seen as vulnerable, and that's likely to attract national party help for his Democratic opponent this fall that wasn't available before.

Considering that and noting that she managed 41 percent of the vote against Roskam on her own, Howland, of Lake Zurich, likes her chances this time around. Unfortunately for her, six other Democrats like their chances, too u and they're not rank opportunists. Sean Casten, of Downers Grove, is a successful entrepreneur in environmental businesses; Carole Cheney, of Naperville, served in Washington as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Foster; Ryan Huffman, of Palatine, is a data analyst; Kelly Mazeski, of Barrington Hills, has 18 years experience in local government and political experience in a previous campaign for Illinois legislature; Becky Anderson Wilkins, of Naperville, operates a renowned suburban bookstore chain and serves on the Naperville City Council; and Jennifer Zordani, is a regulatory and financial services attorney from Clarendon Hills.

This is an impressive field. All the candidates are knowledgeable, passionate and articulate about the issues that drive their campaigns u notably women's rights, health care, tax policy, economic equality and foreign policy.

Howland says her experience with the CLC board, her background as a psychologist and lawyer and her prior experience running for Congress separate her from the pack, and she makes a good case. We're not as certain, however, that a second matchup between her and Roskam would offer voters a considerably different choice than the one they rejected two years ago. Among a field of highly qualified candidates, we prefer Cheney. Her first-hand insight into the workings of Washington can help her hit the ground running if she manages to get past Roskam in the fall, and she demonstrates an appealing mix of loyalty to progressive values and willingness to consider all points of view, a blend that would be a welcome addition to the Washington political climate.

The 6th District wraps around the western rim of the suburbs in an arc leading from Long Grove west to Algonquin south through Carpentersville and Elgin then turning southeast toward Westmont.

Congress, Dist. 9: Sangari

Four candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District for the right to challenge Evanston's Jan Schakowsky, one of the most liberal and partisan Democrats in the U.S. House.

We favor two of the candidates in particular -- John Elleson, a pastor from Arlington Heights with conservative views and a warm bipartisan approach; and retired Army lieutenant colonel Sargis Sangari of Skokie, still active in foreign affairs through the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement he founded.

Of those two, we endorse Sangari because of the depth of his understanding of global affairs. While he might be more conservative than we'd normally endorse, his idealistic commitment to move beyond party politics to solve problems in a structural way are strongly appealing.

Also on the ballot are D. Vincent Thomas Jr., a government and politics professor at DePaul University whose credentials are intriguing but who unfortunately chose not to share his candidacy with us; and Max Rice, whose flippancy makes his candidacy hard to take seriously.

The district takes in the tip of Chicago and much of the North Shore, then swings out to the Northwest suburbs to parts of Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights and Rolling Meadows.

State House Dist. 49: Khouri

Both candidates seeking the Republican nomination to succeed state Rep. Mike Fortner in Illinois House District 49 take a similar low-tax, small-government business-friendly approach to the work of the legislature. Both are well-informed on the issues facing the state. What distinguishes them is a level of experience and sophistication that will be needed if they are to advance those values successfully in Springfield. As a DuPage County Board member who has chaired the board's economic development committee for six years and run for Congress, Toni Khouri, of Aurora, brings a singular tone of authority to the race. Her opponent, Nic Zito, of Wayne, is an accomplished businessman as CEO of the Rev3 Innovation Center, and he has government experience as Wayne Township trustee. But for this election, Khouri is the candidate best-prepared to serve the 49th District.
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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Feb 22, 2018
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