AURORA – The campaign staff for state Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, who is running for the seat now held by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, said she is not running for lieutenant governor, despite a news release issued by one of her primary opponents claiming she is running for that position.
“Darlene is running for the 11th congressional seat and that is it,” said Anthony Barry, Senger’s deputy campaign manager, on Tuesday. “The simple fact is that Mr. Bayne’s comments are 100 percent false, reckless and irresponsible.”
Senger faces possible challengers in the March 18 primary election from conservative talk show host Ian Bayne of Aurora and Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema.
Bayne sent out a news release Tuesday contending that Senger plans to run for lieutenant governor.
Despite Barry’s comments, Bayne said he stood by his statement.
“If you want to be a member of Congress, run for Congress,” Bayne said. “If you want to be lieutenant governor, run for lieutenant governor.”
The 11th District includes North Aurora, Aurora, Naperville, Lisle and Joliet. Foster has held the seat since November after defeating former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert. From 2008 to 2011, Foster represented Illinois’ 14th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Foster was defeated November 2010 by then-state Sen. Randy Hultgren, R-Winfield.
Senger has been a state representative since 2009. Before that, she was on the Naperville City Council from 2002 to 2008.