Candidate Highlight: Illinois’ 14th Congressional District

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“We want to go in, and get things done for our communities. This is not some kind of power-play, in the sense of, oh, the natural next step in our career is to run for congress, which you sometimes see in other folks”
-Lauren Underwood

Meet Lauren Underwood, the Democrat running for reelection in Illinois’ 14th congressional district. First elected in 2018, Lauren became the youngest Black woman to serve in Congress. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She became a senior advisor at the United States Department of Health and Human Services in 2014, and worked to implement the ACA. She continues to prioritize healthcare, and has successfully led three bipartisan pieces of legislation (Lower Insulin Costs Now Act, U.S. Border Patrol Medical Screening Standards Act, Commission on America's Medical Security Act). Lauren serves on the House Committee on Education and Labor, the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs, and is the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security. Her 2020 campaign is endorsed by President Obama.

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“President Trump is transforming the Judiciary with 187 new judicial appointments, and he is keeping our country safe. I applaud President Trump for his leadership. Now that he has been acquitted [of impeachment], it is time to put partisan politics aside and tackle the real issues facing our country. I look forward to working with him on his America First agenda”
-Jim Oberweis

Meet Jim Oberweis, the Republican candidate for the 14th district. Oberweis is a businessman, owner of Oberweis Dairy, and a State Senator representing the 25th district. Jim has a history of running for office, and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2002, 2004, and 2014; governor in 2006; and the U.S. House (IL-14) in 2008. His only successful campaigns were for the State Senate in 2012 and 2016. Oberweis supports strengthened border security, and has stated that ICE agents “deserve to have the resources and support they need to conduct their vital work at the border.” He believes in limited government intervention in healthcare, and has been endorsed by pro- life organizations. While he is running on a self- funded campaign, Oberweis’s business was recently revealed to have been awarded a $5.6 million PPP loan.

The Illinois 14th district was recently flipped in 2018, and remains a toss up for the upcoming election. Here’s how you can support Lauren’s campaign:

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