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Here’s Who’s Running in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District – NBC Chicago

When congressional maps are redrawn following the United States Census, incumbent members of Congress are often forced to face each other, and in Illinois, the 6e District, two Democrats face off in a primary to determine their future in the legislature.

Rep. Sean Casten, who defeated incumbent Peter Roskam in 2018 and then ousted Jeanne Ives in 2020, faces a tough road to a third term in Congress as he will be forced to face Rep. Marie Newman, who currently represents the 3rd Neighborhood but whose residence is now in the redesigned 6e District.

Newman was elected to Congress in 2020 after defeating former Representative Dan Lipinski in the Democratic primary.

Meanwhile, a group of six Republicans will be aiming for a chance to face off against one of the incumbent lawmakers.

Here are the candidates for the 6e district primaries.

Democrats:

Representative Sean Casten

Casten has won back-to-back elections in a hotly contested district, and he will face a unique challenge this time around. The congressman is running on a platform that includes strengthening voting rights laws, expanding affordable health care coverage and promoting LGBTQ+ rights, according to his website.

Charles Hughes

Hughes works in the energy industry for Nicor ​​Gas and says he is running to help promote civility and bipartisanship, according to a Daily Herald candidate survey. He also pledges to work on a “Green New Deal” to tackle climate change, and says he supports the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform.

Rep. Mary Newman

Newman, who defeated Lipinski in the 2020 Democratic primary, is running on a platform that includes universal health care, guaranteed family leave, comprehensive immigration reform and an increased focus on green initiatives for young people. businesses and transportation, according to his campaign website.

Republicans:

Niki Conforti

Conforti, who holds an MBA from George Washington University, says she plans to use her experience in health care to push for system reforms that will give more “affordable and transparent” care to people. patients, according to its website. She also lobbies for policies aimed at mitigating inflation, providing greater parental control over education, and is in favor of voter ID laws.

Rob Cruz

A business owner who has focused on generating interest in the Republican Party among young voters, Cruz is running on a platform to increase parental control over education, invest in renewable energy and incentivize manufacturing companies to locate their businesses in the United States. .

Gary Grasso

Grasso, the mayor of Burr Ridge, is running on a platform that places a strong emphasis on increased border security and energy independence, according to his campaign’s Facebook page. He has also been a vocal critic of Governor JB Pritzker’s COVID mitigation practices.

Scott Kaspar

An engineer and lawyer, Kaspar was committed to promoting legislation that would protect and strengthen law enforcement. He also describes himself as a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment, has pledged to address economic and military threats posed by Russia, Iran and China, and is pushing for spending cuts in Washington.

Catherine O’Shea

A small-business owner, O’Shea is campaigning on a platform to provide more affordable housing, build a border wall, support public unions and lower the costs of prescriptions and other necessities. She also advocated for national background checks for arms purchases, as well as policies that would help promote energy independence.

Keith Pekau

The mayor of Orland Park is coming on a platform to increase penalties for criminals, according to his website, accusing Cook County policies of being “too lenient.” He also pledges to boost manufacturing, promote policies that would increase energy independence, and fight inflation.

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