From the Illinois News Network:
Republicans make plans to unseat newly elected Rep. Underwood in 2020
A new Democrat in Congress already has a challenger for re-election in 2020.
U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, recently was sworn in after defeating incumbent Randy Hultgren in November.
Republican Matt Quigley said he already knows she’s not the right fit for Illinois’ 14th congressional district.
“Given Lauren Underwood’s plans for her time in Congress, I felt it didn’t align with my values,” Quigley said.
“Having grown up in Warrenville, I felt those values she was proposing were not the values that made the area great in the first place.”
Quigley officially has announced he will run next year in the GOP primary for the seat.
He graduated from Wheaton Warrenville South high school and now makes his home in Naperville.
“I found [Underwood’s] campaign to be very disingenuous and divisive,” Quigley said.
“After the fact, I haven’t seen any attempt by Lauren Underwood, since she’s been elected, to reach out to the more conservative side of the district. Instead, I’ve seen efforts to spike the ball.”
He might not be the only challenger.State Sen. Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, told the Chicago Tribune that he was considering a run in the 14th Congressional District.
Quigley is a former naval officer who now runs his own software company. He’s worried large student debt loads could prevent the next generation of Illinois residents from financial success.
“If we’re going to have Illinois prosper with people buying homes and owning their own business, we have to solve the student debt crisis immediately,” Quigley said.
“That’s something I didn’t hear anyone talking about, especially on the Republican side. I haven’t seen a good plan from Lauren Underwood or anyone on the Democratic side either.”
While serving as an Executive Officer at Naval Station Great Lakes, Quigley attended the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and earned his Masters in Business Administration.
“I intend to move heavily on making student loan reform a priority so we can ensure long-term growth and stability both in Illinois and our country as a whole,” Quigley said.
He gives credit to Underwood for running a great campaign in 2018, but said he believes some outside factors contributed to the reliably red district turning blue.
“There was a combination of a Rauner effect and a Trump effect,” Quigley said.
“Trump motivated Democrats to turn out.
“And Rauner motivated a lot of conservatives, especially up in McHenry County, to not show up at the polls at all.”
The 14th congressional district covers parts of northeastern Illinois, including portions of Lake, McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, Kendall, DuPage, and Will counties.
“Looking forward, I’ve already seen a lot of Republican interest in this race,” Quigley said.
“By starting right now, I plan to organize and make sure Republicans have a comparable, if not better, ground game [than Democrats].”
Quigley is of no relation to Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Chicago, who currently serves the state’s 5th congressional district.
Underwood did not respond to a request for comment.