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Endorsement: Illinois State Rep. Dist. 66: Dan Ugaste

State Rep. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, listens as his election opponent Martha Paschke reads her introductory remarks during a candidate forum in Batavia on Thursday. Paschke, a Democrat from Geneva, is challenging Ugaste for the 65th House District seat.
State Rep. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, listens as his election opponent Martha Paschke reads her introductory remarks during a candidate forum in Batavia on Thursday. Paschke, a Democrat from Geneva, is challenging Ugaste for the 65th House District seat.

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Dan Ugaste, R-St.Charles, is looking to win his second term as the state representative from District 65 against Democratic opponent Martha Paschke, D-Geneva.

Ugaste is a conservative who continues to fight to lower our property taxes and has fought against a graduated income tax.

“I have submitted multiple bills proposing tax relief, government consolidation and cost-saving measures to no avail,” he wrote in an election questionnaire. “I have also worked with other legislators on ethics reform. I intend to keep trying to fix our problems.”

Paschke, meanwhile, has been involved in the community but has not previously held a political office.

The district includes portions of Huntley, Hampshire, Pingree Grove, Elgin, South Elgin, St. Charles, Geneva and Batavia.

Ugaste hasn’t been afraid to go outside of party lines, splitting with Republicans on bail reform, coal ash pollution and school funding bills.

When fellow Republican Jim Oberweis’ campaign finance action were called into question this spring, Ugaste was one of six Republican state representatives to call him out on the matter.

We endorse Dan Ugaste.

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