Three Democrats clash in battle for 14th Congressional District nomination

ST. CHARLES – Three Democrats are seeking their party's nomination for the 14th Congressional District in the March 15 primary.

John Hosta of Spring Grove, Jesse Lee Maggitt of Plainfield and Jim Walz of Gurnee all say they could do a better job in Congess than incumbent U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, who is unopposed in the primary. 

The primary winner will run against Hultgren in the Nov. 8 general election.

Each candidate spoke at a recent forum hosted by the League of Women Voters for Central Kane County. About 30 people attended the forum, held at the Kane County Branch Court in St. Charles.

Hosta said he sees the nation in trade policies that do not benefit the country.

"I started my own business and know what it means to balance a budget," Hosta said. "One of the main reasons I'm running is, we've lost 8 million overseas manufacturing jobs, which has contributed approximately half-billion to a billion [dollar] loss of revenue to our government."

Hosta said the job loss has affected the middle class. 

Walz said he was running because the middle class was "woefully under-represented." 

"It seems like only the big money gets attention, and that does not seem quite right to me," Walz said. "I want to be [the] representative of the 14th District because of the disastrous Citizens United decision, where corporations are now considered people and money is now considered speech. That is a cancer on democracy."

Walz said the makeup of Congress needs to change, with Democrats as the majority, as well as having a Democrat in the White House.

All three Democrats said they were pro-abortion rights.

"I am very pro-choice," Walz said. "It amazes me that there's a party in Washington – that wants small government, but it seems as though when it comes to women's health, they want to butt into their life. … It's amazing that older, whiter men want to dictate to women to … make their decisions that are so personal and so emotional. It's just embarrassing to watch, as a man."

Hosta said he agreed with what most Americans believe, that women in the third trimester should not have abortions.

"I think funding should be increased to help them have children in their third trimester," Hosta said. "I don't think abortion should be happening in the third trimester."

Though he arrived late, Maggitt joined the other two in saying that he was pro-abortion rights. Maggitt said as a former combat medic, he spent time bringing babies into the world. 

"I don't get to tell a woman what to do with her body – just as my body belongs to me," Maggitt said. "I respect that."

Video of the forum will be broadcast on BATV.

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