Local Election

Kelly Mazeski leading in primary bid to face Peter Roskam in 6th Congressional District

Kelly Mazeski is leading among seven Democratic candidates in the 6th Congressional District who vied for the chance to face U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in the November general election.
Kelly Mazeski is leading among seven Democratic candidates in the 6th Congressional District who vied for the chance to face U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in the November general election.

Kelly Mazeski is leading among seven Democratic candidates in the 6th Congressional District who vied for the chance to face U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in the November general election.

Roskam, first elected to Congress in 2006, faced no Republican opponent in the primary.

“I’m looking forward to a general election,” Roskam said while votes were still being counted. “I find campaign invigorating and energizing and I’m very much looking forward to this campaign.”

The district includes portions of Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties. With only 67 percent of the votes tallied in DuPage County at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday, unofficial totals showed Mazeski with 12,311 votes against her nearest competitor, Sean Casten, at 11,533. Casten is a scientist and clean energy entrepreneur from Downers Grove.

Mazeski, who has a science background and is a former financial adviser, is a Barrington Hills plan commissioner and serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. Her website stated she has been endorsed by EMILY’s List, the Illinois Democratic County Chairmen’s Association, Feminist Majority PAC, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Evanston, and various environmental and community leaders.

The website also stated she supports a public option that lets people buy into Medicare and would help lead the fight against climate change. Her message to voters stated she will stand up to the NRA and would vote for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons and to allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes of and solutions to gun violence, adding she will never take a penny from the gun lobby.

It’s guaranteed that national attention will be laser-focused on the race in the fall election.

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