I have long thought that the only way to beat 8th District Democratic Party Congresswoman Melissa Bean was with a woman.
That’s one reason I supported Kathy Salvi in her 2006 attempt to win the Republican primary election. She lost to Barrington’s David McSweeney, who lost to Bean in the fall election. Moderate Party candidate Bill Scheurer was also on the ballot. The results in percentage terms follow:
- Bean 50.9%
- McSweeney 44%
- Scheurer 5.1%
Note that Bean won be about seven percentage points. That does not prove that Salvi could have won, but the gender issue would not have been there with woman versus woman.
The rationale behind my advocacy of a female candidate is that since 1966 when I ran five percentage points behind a Chicago bank secretary for McHenry County Treasurer, I have observed women having a five percentage point advantage over men in the Northwest suburbs.
Now, the Daily Herald has an article by Russell Lissau reporting that Long Grove Village President Maria Rodriguez has been to Washington, D.C., to talk to the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Those are folks who can make sure significant sums of money get allocated to an 8th District.
Rodriguez is Long Grove’s Village President.
The Green Party is running Bill Scheurer in the 8th District.