Looks like State Rep. Elizabeth Coulson will have at least one opponent for the Republican nomination to succeed Mark Kirk in the 10th CD. From the Dick Green for Congress campaign:
WINNETKA, IL – Today, Dick Green, a successful businessman who has built two businesses into job-creating economic engines, announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for Illinois’ 10th Congressional District.
“Our country faces unprecedented economic challenges. Unemployment is rising and out of control government spending is creating a massive debt burden for future generations and to help solve these problems, our country needs new faces and new ideas in Washington,” said Green. “We need people with real-world experience and a firm understanding of economic principles.”
Dick Green has spent his career building businesses and creating jobs. At just 24, he became president of a California company and created 160 jobs within ten years. For three straight years, that company was on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing privately-held companies.
In 1993, Dick started his own company and had to personally write the checks to meet payroll and build the company. Those were difficult years but they paid off and today, Dick’s dream is a successful business headquartered in Chicago and employing over 60 people.
“It is time to say ‘enough’ to out-of-touch, career politicians and to send people to Washington that will work to revive our economy and to bring good, long-term jobs to the families of the tenth district of Illinois,” continued Green. “Our country needs people in Washington that know what it means to create jobs, provide health care, and make a payroll. Too many of our elected officials have never experienced what it takes to grow a business. Too many have no real business experience.”
Dick is a native of Evanston, Illinois and a Harvard-trained economist. He has long been active in Republican politics and is currently a Deputy Republican Committeeman for New Trier Township. He and his wife of 18 years, Penny, live in Winnetka with their fifteen- year old son. Dick also has three grown step-children. Penny, a Vietnam War Veteran, serves as President of The Save Abandoned Babies Foundation.