As Darlene Senger, current representative for Illinois House District 41, seeks a spot in the U.S. Congress, both Ed Agustin and Grant Wehrli are looking to take her role, leading the largest portion of Naperville, covering both Will and DuPage county.
Although the candidates may not have a lot in common, one major issue they are both concerned about is financial reform.
“I am focusing on getting our financial house in order, trying to get government in the hands of the people. I support term limits, and just watching the legislation and how it impacts Naperville and Warrenville and making sure it does so in a positive manner, and making sure it is not a cash cow for other areas of the state to come in and take dollars away from us, said Republican, Grant Wehrli.
“I’m concentrating on four or five items holding the property tax level to where they don’t get increased anymore,” said Democrat, Ed Agustin. “That hole is deep enough for all the middle class workers, if we need funding we have to find other sources. I’m fighting to keep jobs and get more jobs in Illinois.”
Agustin, a retired architect and navy veteran, decided to get involved in politics when he noticed its been over 31 years since district 41 was led by a democrat.
“I think it’s time we had a Democrat represent all the people, republicans, democrats and independents…I’ve lived in Naperville for 22 years, and now that I have the time it’s my turn to step forward and give back,” said Agustin.
Wehrli, a lifelong Naperville resident, is a small business consultant and has served on city council since 2006.
“People have seen my decision making process and how thoughtful I am. I do my homework. I think that lends a good relationship with the voters here, they see what they get in me, said Wehrli.
Political commentator, Kenn Miller says one major issue voters will be paying attention to is the candidates’ stance on Senate Bill 16, which aims to change the way state education dollars are distributed.
“District 203 and 204 for example are going to lose millions of dollars without some backup revenue source, so if that happens they are going to have to increase the tax rate locally or make a lot of cuts from teachers and programs, so that is a real critical issue,” said Miller.
Miller said with no incumbent, this race should pull in a greater voter turnout since both candidates will be full of fresh ideas.
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