Tom Weber, a Lake County Board member for the past six years who is running for the Illinois House’s 64th District seat, was in Crystal Lake for a campaign event Monday at Crystal Lake Rib House,
540 E. Terra Cotta Ave.
Among his supporters was U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, who served as the guest speaker for the event and said it is an honor to work with someone such as Weber.
Hultgren commended Weber’s willingness to work in Springfield, where everything is a battle, and encouraged attendees to get out and vote.
“We need your help more than ever,” Hultgren said. “I honestly believe this is going to be the race of our lives.”
Weber faces Democratic candidate Trisha Zubert and Green Party candidate Aaron Goldberg in November’s election.
Hultgren also is running to keep his seat against Democratic challenger Lauren Underwood.
Weber said it is one thing to be passionate about representing people, but he and his wife, Becki, also are passionate about getting to know the constituents of the 64th District. He said Springfield needs people willing to do what it takes to stop the exodus of people from the state and stabilize the economy.
“We need people willing to fight, to come up with reforms, and to make changes that have been needed for years,” Weber said.
Shanda Wells, Weber’s sister who helps out with the campaign, said the turnout was not as strong as previous events, perhaps because he is not as well-known in McHenry County as he is in Lake County. Therefore, Wells said, she anticipates a stronger push to get out the word in both counties before November.
“I don’t know what he has planned, but he spent as much time as he could at the McHenry County Fair shaking hands and meeting people to see what his constituents want him to do,” Wells said.
The 64th District House seat was vacated by state Rep. Barbara Wheeler, R-Crystal Lake, who announced last year that she would not run for re-election.