ALGONQUIN – Voters will have a chance to elect new people into Illinois seats in 2018, and forums are underway to help them make an informed choice.
Indivisible NWIL hosted a congressional candidates forum Sunday at the Algonquin Public Library to give constituents in Illinois’ 6th and 14th districts a chance to get to know the Democratic candidates.
District 6 Democratic candidates Grace Haaf, Ryan Huffman of Palatine and Sean Casten of Downers Grove, along with District 14 Democratic candidate Matt Brolley of Montgomery, were in attendance at the forum Sunday and spoke on a variety of topics, including President Donald Trump’s proposed tax reform plan, health care, women’s reproductive rights and their overall visions for the state of Illinois.
Indivisible NWIL chairwoman Eveej Malone said that she was pleased with the turnout and hoped people would continue to get involved in coming events.
“A lot of people in our group are new to this arena of politics,” she said. “It was an awakening last year when things happened. A lot of folks are gathering information. They didn’t know anything about the process or what these congressional people do, what do the potential governors have to say and what can they do to benefit the area.”
Malone said that many people in the group don’t feel supported by those in office and want to know whether there will be a difference if new candidates are elected.
Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, represents the 6th District, and Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield, represents District 14. Primaries for the positions will be in 2018. Malone said there will be a chance for Hultgren, Roskam and Gov. Bruce Rauner to address the group and constituents at future forums.
Candidates on Sunday highlighted the need for fact-based governance and representatives who listen to their constituents.
Casten, Brolley and Haaf all come from engineering and science backgrounds. Brolley also is village president of Montgomery.
Huffman, a former journalist with a master’s degree in public policy, has a background as a data analyst and policy expert and is a former White House intern.