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Freshman Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood gets another GOP challenger

Chicago Tribune logo Chicago Tribune 7/9/2019 By Rick Pearson, Chicago Tribune

Jul. 10--Republican state Sen. Sue Rezin of Morris on Tuesday became the latest contender for the GOP nomination to take on freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood of Naperville next year.

Rezin announced she has filed a declaration of candidacy and other paperwork with the Federal Election Commission for a run in the sprawling suburban 14th Congressional District. She is among at least a half-dozen Republicans looking to take on the first-term Democrat in a district that had traditionally held strong Republican leanings.

Rezin's announcement noted the establishment of a campaign office in Gurnee, in the far northeastern part of the district, which includes portions of McHenry, DuPage, DeKalb, Kane, Kendall and Will counties.

Rezin's residence in Morris is outside the boundaries of the district, according to State Board of Elections data, though there is no requirement that a representative reside in the district they represent.

Rezin, a member of the Senate since 2010, won re-election last year and is in the middle of a four-year term, meaning she is not risking her state legislative position if she fails in her congressional bid.

Of the group of Republicans who have said they intend, or are considering a bid, to seek the nomination, at least two are Rezin's colleagues in the state legislature: state Sen. Jim Oberweis of Sugar Grove and state Rep. Allen Skillicorn of East Dundee.

Underwood, 32, formally announced her re-election bid late last month. She was part of a suburban blue wave in the 2018 midterm elections that saw her defeat four-term Republican Randy Hultgren of Plano by nearly 15,000 votes.


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