Even though there are new House and Senate Districts in place, two local politicians still plan to continue representing Naperville. State Representatives Michael Connelly and Darlene Senger will be running unopposed in the March primary, but not in their current districts. Connelly will be running for a seat in the Senate rather than the House, and Senger hopes to continue serving in a new district.
Every ten years State officials redistrict the House and Senate in Illinois. So, if your looking for Darlene Senger on the ballot, you’ll be looking under the 41st District instead of the 96th. With new districts the number of people she represents will diminish by about 15,000.
“I really like what I’m doing and I feel like I’m accomplishing more and more each time. I really feel like this time I will be working on some key issues with the state right now,” said Senger.
Senger is running unopposed which means she can stay focused on serving the community and spend less time on her campaign. One of the issues she plans to tackle is pension reform.
“It’s a very complicated problem that most people don’t understand. There is a lot of misunderstanding,” said Senger. “The goal is not to take the pension system down but get them to the point where they are sustainable but there’s no easy answer out for what the problem is.”
Fellow Republican Michael Connelly wanted to continue serving his constituents and decided the best way to do so is switching gears from the House to the 21st Senate District, where the population he’s responsible will nearly double.
“By in large the issues are the same weather a bill starts in the House or the Senate. It ultimately will be reviewed by both chambers and ultimately signed or vetoed by the governor,” said Connelly. “In a lot of ways it doesn’t change its just a different chamber fewer members and a new opportunity represent a big part of Naperville which is exciting.”
Connelly adds that running un-opposed does not mean he can just kick his feet up during his campaign.
“I’m going to towns who have never heard of me before so I am putting out literature going door to door and meeting with all the elected officials up there and more importantly meeting the new people in West Chicago and Winfield,” said Connelly. “I’ve been down to Wheatland Township. There’s a good chunk of Wheatland Township I’ve been down there before and now I’m down there asking for support.”
The fact that he is now running for Senate means he and Senger wont have to compete and they are both happy about that.
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