U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren informed supporters this week that he intends to run next year for re-election in the 14th Congressional District, which was redrawn to include a Republican colleague.
Hultgren sent a letter to supporters Thursday night informing them of his decision to make a formal announcement to run in the 14th District. The Winfield Republican said he believed his party had made progress by rejecting policies of President Barack Obama and wanted to continue to push for conservative fiscal policies.
“I hope that I’ve lived up to the promises I made to you last fall and that you have been proud of the way I’ve represented you so far in Washington,” Hultgren’s letter stated. “Many challenges lay ahead, but I’m optimistic that together we can turn our country around.”
To win the seat in the 14th District, Hultgren might have to oust U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, who represents the 8th District now but was drawn out of it during the redistricting process.
The McHenry Republican has not decided where he would run in the next election, but a spokesman said he had no plans to voluntarily walk away from Washington.
“He is 100 percent running for re-election, he’s just not clear where,” said Justin Roth, Walsh’s spokesman.
No matter who wins the seat, the 14th District will look different.
Under the existing map, the 14th District stretches from the far western suburbs of Chicago almost to the border with Iowa, and it includes parts of Bureau, DeKalb, DuPage, Henry, Kane, Kendall, Lee and Whiteside counties.
It would be more compact under the new map, including parts of DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry counties.