July 17, 2017
Clarendon Hills regulatory attorney Jennifer Zordani has joined the growing list of Democratic candidates looking to unseat U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R- Wheaton).
She is one of six Democrats, five of whom are women, from across the Sixth Congressional District who've officially announced they'll run in the March 20, 2018, primary for their shot at Roskam Nov. 6, 2018.
Zordani said the district is fortunate to have good communities and schools for people to live and raise their families.
"That is not enough. We know people care about social issues," she said. "I will bring our voice to D.C. to say we want truly fair and affordable health care, that our veterans need the medical care and benefits that they were promised, that our children are starting out their adult lives buried in college debt and we need to do better."
Although new to the political scene, Zordani said her knowledge and experience as a regulatory attorney makes her qualified and sets her apart from the other candidates.
She added Roskam was elected to represent the values and integrity of the entire district, not just a few on the far right side of the party.
"I don't want our people to be divided," Zordani said. "The time is absolutely right (to remove Roskam)."
The congressman has come under fire by some constituents because of his refusal to hold public town hall meetings and his support for President Donald Trump. He's also considered vulnerable by the Democratic Party, since Hillary Clinton won his district with 50.2 percent of the vote in 2016.
The winner in the Democratic primary likely will receive a great deal of support and financial backing prior to the November 2018 election.
And that field of Democratic candidates continues to grow.
Last week, former aide to U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, and Aurora resident Carole Cheney threw her hat in the ring.
Cheney, who is an attorney and former partner with the Kirkland & Ellis law firm in Chicago, made an unsuccessful bid for state representative in Illinois' 84th District in 2012, losing to state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, D-Oswego. She also ran for DuPage County Board chairman in 2010 but lost to Republican Dan Cronin, who currently holds the post.
In April, Naperville's Suzyn Price announced her bid for the seat. An adjunct faculty member at the College of DuPage, Price is a former Naperville District 203 board member.
From the north end of the Sixth Congressional District are candidates Amanda Howland and Kelly Mazeski.
Howland, of Lake Zurich, is a trustee on the College of Lake County board and unsuccessfully ran against Roskam in 2016.
A Barrington resident and breast cancer survivor, Mazeski lost to Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, for the Illinois Senate seat in the 26th District in 2016. She is a plan commissioner in Barrington Hills.
Also running is Glen Ellyn resident Austin Songer, who works in technology at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons in Rosemont, according to his campaign website.
Shaped like the letter C, the Sixth Congressional District include portions of Crystal Lake to Hawthorn Woods in the north and down the Fox River from Port Barrington to St. Charles. It also extends diagonally through DuPage County from Barlett and West Chicago to Hinsdale and Willowbrook.