Goncher to seek to succeed Hatcher in 50th House District

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The legislative aide to a retiring local state legislator will seek to replace a different retiring state lawmaker in 2014.

Beth Goncher of Aurora has begun circulating nominating petitions to place her name on the ballot in the race to represent southwestern Kane County and northern Kendall County in the 50th House District.

Goncher, 43, a Republican, has worked for about a dozen years for state Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, as his legislative and constituent services director.

Schmitz last week announced not seek re-election in the 49th House District after 16 years in Springfield.

Goncher becomes the first candidate to run in the Republican primary race to succeed retiring state Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville.

Kane County Board member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, and Sugar Grove Village President Sean Michels each considered running for the seat but opted not to challenge Goncher.

Taylor announced her decision in late August, while Michels confirmed his decision Tuesday.

Goncher said she believed now was a good time for her to run.

“As someone who has been there for years, I know the issues and the process,” Goncher said. “And as a mother of a 15-year-old son, I have a strong desire to see things get better in Illinois for families and for my son.

“So in a sense, you could say I’m motivated out of frustration, but also out of a sense that I believe it can get better.”

Goncher, who was raised in Aurora, noted her upbringing taught her the intricacies of running a business and instilled a commitment to community service, because her father worked as a private practice doctor.

Goncher also serves on the board of directors for the Compassion Foundation, an Aurora-based charity.

Goncher said her campaign will key in on several issues, including the need to reform state public employee pension systems and the need to reform Illinois’ state finances.