Four Republicans are vying to take on Democrat Congressman Bill Foster in November. When asked what makes Foster vulnerable, each notes his vote for Obamacare and the fact that suburban Democratic congressional candidates have fared worse when Obama is not leading the Democratic ticket as he was in 2008 and 2012.
Asked by the Tribune about their campaign priorities:
Darlene Senger, 58, said she believes in smaller government, less taxes and less regulation, and said Foster is wrong for the district because he believes in more government, voted for Obamacare, more taxes and more regulation.
Ian Bayne, 40, said the district leans more Republican than people may think, and argues that “hard-working people are conservative.” He's stressing the need for free markets, especially for health care.
Bert Miller, 66, said his experience in hiring and managing gives him a leg up on helping spark job creation, and said he wants to see tax structure changes that benefit businesses and also the building of U.S. oil pipelines, which could lead to more jobs.
Chris Balkema, 42, said he sees potential in resurrecting the country’s manufacturing foundation, and that decreasing the corporate tax rate to spur economic growth is his priority.
A fifth candidate, Craig Robbins, has said he is considering withdrawing his candidacy due to a number of military service and business obligations.
Foster had no response except to call his potential opponents “Tea Party Republicans” who he says have brought “our economy to the brink."