McHENRY – Former McHenry alderman Frank McClatchey announced this morning that he is a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 14th District.
McClatchey, who served as the McHenry County Democratic Party chairman from 1992 to 1998, said he believes the discord that has been going on in Washington, D.C., is fueling hostility, and he wants to bepart of a new wave of leadership that will renew the public’s confidence.
"Americans are sick of the childish behavior in D.C., and we need to work on this together, not with a 'gotcha' mentality," McClatchey said, adding that he believes constituents in the 14th District can "do better" than Joe Walsh.
Walsh, a first-term Republican Congressman who lives in McHenry, most recently grabbed headlines for announcing that he would boycott President Barack Obama's jobs speech before a joint session of Congress this week. Walsh has not declared whether he will run in the 8th District, which he represents now, or the 14th, into which he recently was drawn – and a district now held by Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren.
McClatchey said he believes Walsh will stick with the 14th. Hultgren already has announced that he will run in the 14th District.
“I will bring my voice and experience to Washington, not just a ‘no’ vote, as is the practice of tea party head Joe Walsh,” McClatchey said. "Congressmen can and must work together to solve the critical problems of the day."
McClatchey has served as the small business coordinator for the Illinois office of the U.S. Senate, was the consumer advocate for the Chicago office of the Illinois Attorney General and owned a business in McHenry.
McClatchey, who is 55, has more than 25 years of experience in operational management, organizational leadership, fiscal affairs, community outreach, office administration, public policy, and governmental experience at the federal, state and municipal levels, according to a press release.
As an employee of the Attorney General’s Office, he investigated and mediated consumer complaints, worked undercover “sting” operations with the Federal Trade Commission, and spoke to civic and community organizations about consumer fraud.
“If constituents have problems, my office will work on solving them,” he said. “This will be one of my priorities.”
Priority number one, however, is jobs.
“Owning my own small business fort hree years made me more aware of what is needed to help foster and create a solid small business base,” he said. “We must start manufacturing things here in America again. Anything factory-made overseas should be taxed accordingly, and we should implement tax credits for businesses to hire new employees.”
“I want to represent all people of the 14th," he continued, “not just be a mouthpiece for an element bent on creating political gridlock.”
McClatchey is a lifelong McHenry resident and has a teen-aged son.