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Election

Another candidate enters crowded 6th Congressional race

Palatine resident Ryan Huffman announces candidacy

Palatine resident Ryan Huffman on Sept. 14 announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District in the March 2018 primary election.
Palatine resident Ryan Huffman on Sept. 14 announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District in the March 2018 primary election.

In an already crowded field, another candidate has thrown himself in the race for the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District in the March 2018 primary election.

Palatine resident Ryan Huffman on Sept. 14 announced his candidacy. Whoever wins the Democratic nod will likely face U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in the November 2018 general election. Roskam was first elected to Congress in 2006.

"It will take a youth movement in this district if we’re finally going to flip this seat blue,” said the 31-year-old Huffman in a news release, noting that the share of millennials voting in the 6th District’s primary tripled in 2016 thanks to Bernie Sanders. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for all the Democrats running in this pivotal race, but if we keep running the same kind of campaign we’ve run against Roskam for over a decade, the result will be just as disappointing.”

Huffman is a data analyst and policy expert who worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaign and in his White House.

Other candidates for the Democratic nomination for Illinois’ 6th Congressional District include Grace Haaf, the co-owner of a small business that specializes in data analysis and operations integration for industrial and manufacturing clients; regulatory attorney and Clarendon Hills resident Jennifer Zordani; Becky Anderson Wilkins, co-owner of Anderson’s Bookshops and a member of the Naperville City Council; scientist and engineer Sean Casten of Downers Grove; Carole Cheney, former district chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville; College of Lake County trustee Amanda Howland, who lost to Roskam in the November 2016 general election; College of DuPage adjunct faculty member Suzyn Price; Lake Zurich resident Geoffrey Petzel; Chicago resident Austin Songer; and Barrington Hills Plan Commissioner Kelly Mazeski.

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