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.
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 its website.
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. business and transport, according to his campaign website.
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 his site. She also lobbies for policies aimed at mitigating inflation, providing greater parental control over education, and is in favor of voter ID laws.
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 set up their businesses in the United States.
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.
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, is committed to addressing economic and military threats posed by Russia, Iran and China, and is pushing to cut spending in Washington.
Small business owner O’Shea is campaigning on a platform to provide more affordable housing, build a border wall, support public unions and cut costs on prescriptions and other daily necessities. She also advocated for national background checks for arms purchases, as well as policies that would help promote energy independence.
The mayor of Orland Park runs on a platform to increase sentences on felons, according to his site, blaming Cook County policies as “too lenient”. He also pledges to boost manufacturing, promote policies that would increase energy independence, and fight inflation.