Tonia Khouri, Herman White and Nick Stella each have thrown their hat in the ring, to become the 11th District’s Republican nominee.
Khouri brings the most political experience to the table, serving as Chairman of Economic Development on the DuPage County Board.
“As a small business owner, a wife and a mother raising three children, I am disappointed with Washington. I mean they’ve let us down, they’ve let down our families, they’ve let down our businesses, they’ve let down our communities, but the reality is the only way we change Washington, is by changing who’s in Washington,” said Khouri.
A small business owner herself, Khouri is passionate about helping the private sector through tax reform and improving the budget process.
“The only way we’re going to grow this economy and give opportunity for everyone, is through the private sector. Small businesses are the ones that create 63% of our net new jobs, and I want to go to Washington to make sure everyone gets the opportunity to succeed and achieve their dreams,” said Khouri.
While candidate Herman White, a scientist at FermiLab, has never held public office, he has advised Congress on several pieces of scientific legislation.
“I decided to run for public office and basically to run for the Congress for two reasons: one is my familiarity with the Congress, but also all of the work that I have done outside of my profession, in public safety, in education, in healthcare and in public advocacy,” said White.
With concern for education, healthcare and public safety, White believes many problems in these areas can be helped by a balanced economy.
“A budget can give you guidance on what to do in the future, what you do now and what you have done in the past, you can actually make some reasonable decisions and these decisions are going to have to be long term. They’re not going to be the third quarter of the next year, they’re going to be the third decade of the next century,” said White.
Candidate Nick Stella has made a name for himself as a local cardiologist and business owner. He was not available for comment this week, but did express his opinions at a recent Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce event.
“Been working for about 15 years in the south and southwest suburbs and over that time frame, taken care of a lot of people, and spoken to a lot of people and realized that people aren’t happy with their representation, and that’s why I’m running for Congress,” said Stella.
Focused on healthcare reform, education funding and tax code simplification, Stella knows he can’t make changes on his own.
“Let’s face it, what’s important in Washington is numbers. So my first order of business will be to find likeminded individuals like myself so we can form a coalition so once we have a coalition of numbers we are more likely to be able to have an impact on the legislation,” said Stella.
Whoever wins the primary will go on to face Democratic incumbent Bill Foster, who has been in office since 2012.
Naperville News 17’s Evan Summers reports.
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