State Sen. Sue Rezin has officially announced she’ll run for Congress. The senator, whose district includes Morris, filed the required statement of organization and declaration of candidacy Tuesday with the Federal Elections Commission to run for a congressional seat in the 14th District in 2020.
Rezin will remain a state senator during her campaign, she said.
In the 2018 midterm election, Naperville Democrat Lauren Underwood, a health care policy expert who worked on the Affordable Care Act as a part of the Obama administration, defeated Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, regaining a seat for Democrats that Hultgren held since 2011.
Rezin believes the 14th District is conservative at heart, and one the GOP shouldn’t have lost. She said wants to bring middle class values to Washington.
“I’m excited, I’ve been doing my research and preparing for a couple of months,” she said in a phone interview Tuesday.
Although Rezin is a resident of Illinois’ 16th District — a seat held by Congressman Adam Kinzinger — she has said she lives five minutes outside of the boundary lines and her state district includes much of the 14th District, giving her familiarity with it.
There is no residency requirement to live within the district, and Rezin said she would consider moving into the 14th District if she were elected, but she also expects some changes to boundary lines when Congressional districts are redrawn in 2020.
Rezin’s campaign for Congress will begin organizing and raising funds immediately, according to a press release issued Tuesday. A formal announcement of candidacy event will the held in the months to come, she said.
Rezin will face a number of challengers in the Republican primary.
“I welcome the primary,” she said. “It’s an opportunity to talk about priorities for the general election.”