Illinois state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris)
Illinois state Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) has one reason above all for wanting to go to Washington and serve the 14th Congressional District after the November 2020 elections.
“Most of all, I want to restore mainstream, conservative representation to the Midwestern congressional district,” Rezin told the Illinois Valley Times after announcing plans to challenge first-term U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Naperville). “High property taxes are a very big issue, but I will also be talking about health care and the need for lowering prescription drug prices and the need for infrastructure, since the 14th Congressional District over last decade is probably one of the fastest growing districts in the country."
After almost a decade of being in Springfield, Rezin joins an ever-increasing list of candidates looking to unseat Underwood in what has traditionally been a Republican district stronghold. With veteran state Rep. Allen Skillicorn (R-East Dundee) and state Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) having also already entered the race, Rezin has wasted little time opening a campaign office in Gurnee, all in an effort to quickly distinguish herself as a candidate.
“I have a conservative track record in the state senate,” Rezin said. “My overall conservative rating is probably in the top 10 percent of the senate. I also have a track record of, despite being in a super-minority, projects I have worked. Most importantly, where my colleagues fall short, I’ve actually run and won four competitive races.”
With the stakes being so high, Rezin said there is no way the GOP cannot afford to put its best foot forward.
“Sen. Oberweis has run and lost six races,” she said. “This is a big race. This is a top-10 race in the country. In order to win back Congress, we need to win this conservative district. I have the track record both on the campaign and the policy side as being a conservative who has won tough races and has a very good conservative record.”
In the days ahead, Rezin said she plans to roll out more of her policy positions, which she vowed will also include how to best secure the southern U.S. border.
“Certainly the current situation is out of control and both dangerous to Americans and immigrants trying to get here illegally,” she said.