“There are no easy conversations left in Illinois.” Chris Christie
In this Republican primary cycle, we traveled across Illinois looking for bold independent leaders. People who will engage in the difficult and tough political conversations to clean the corruption and save Illinois.
We endorsed 15 of those leaders in this primary cycle. Here is the criteria that we used in the selection:
1. Clean candidate
2. Runs on our proven solutions and robust reform policies.
3. Embraces the freedom and liberty groups and welcomes the passion & enthusiasm.
4. Inspire and motivate the business community to fund the race.
5. Can eventually through strength be endorsed by the establishment party.
We worked extremely hard to help our candidates win at the ballot box. In fact, three establishment Republicans (two in statehouse leadership) dropped out of their races rather than face our fierce transparency on election day.
Here are the fifteen Republicans that we got to know during this cycle. We recognize that we didn’t find and endorse all of “proven reformers”. And, we didn’t endorse first-time candidates that didn’t have a primary challenger.
Sen. Kyle McCarter (R-Lebanon), Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon), Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville), Brad Halbrook (R-Mattoon), Sen. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills), John Bambenek (R-Champaign), Cliff Surges (R-Kane County), Don Weber (R- Madison County), Garrett Peck (R-Plainfield), Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove), Sen. Chris Lauzen (R-Aurora), Susan Sweeney (R-Park Ridge), Sen. Christine Johnson (R-DeKalb), and Lennie Jarrett (R-Grayslake)
After our endorsed candidates win, I am convinced that A New Day for Illinois is on the horizen. We will have a more principled and stronger Republican party in Illinois.
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