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Crystal Lake Republican aims to challenge Underwood in 2020

Danny Malouf
Danny Malouf

Another Republican has announced that he will run to challenge Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, in 2020.

Danny Malouf, a human resources manager from Crystal Lake, is the second person to throw his hat into the ring for the Republican nomination for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Underwood won an upset victory in the November election against four-term, Republican incumbent Randy Hultgren, edging him by 5 percent.

Malouf is a former All-American Greco-Roman wrestler and a member of the Illinois national dual team, according to a news release. He also said he will commit to donating half of his salary to charities in the 14th Congressional District if he wins.

Although he didn’t speak about policy, in a campaign video, Malouf said he “wants to make America grateful again” and called himself the “liberty candidate who will consistently support and defend the Constitution of the United States, as well as your basic rights to your life, your liberty and your body.”

He also has a post on his website titled “The top 5 reasons why millennials should vote for liberty, not socialism, in 2020.”

The district extends from western Will County up through DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake and McHenry counties.

Naperville resident and Navy veteran Matt Quigley announced his candidacy in January to become the 14th District’s Republican nominee.

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