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State Rep. 65th District (Republican): Ugaste

In the Republican primary race for the state’s 65th Representative District, three candidates are vying for votes: attorneys Daniel Ugaste and Steven Andersson and business owner Debbie Miller.

The 65th District covers areas of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, South Elgin, Pingree Grove, Hampshire and Huntley. Incumbent Republican Timothy Schmitz is not seeking re-election.

Ugaste said his top priorities would include balancing Illinois’ checkbook so bills could be paid on time, reducing state debt and lowering debt service payments. He also would strive to reform workers’ compensation laws in the state to make them fair for business owners and workers.

A member of the Geneva Public Library District Board, Andersson would place an emphasis on balancing the budget, and he would push to implement term limits for elected officials at all levels of state government.

Miller said her goals would include instituting policies to make sure Illinois supports businesses, which could lead to more jobs, and she would want to make sure Illinois has the best schools, community colleges, universities and trade and technical schools.

Andersson and Ugaste are strong candidates, but we believe Ugaste has the edge in this race. He describes himself as having “a very conservative view of government, both fiscally and socially, which reflects the views of the majority of the people in this state representative district.”

Ugaste is endorsed.

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