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Andersson wins Republican nomination for 65th District

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:33 a.m. CDT

Geneva Library Board Trustee Steve Andersson won Tuesday's Republican nomination in the race for 65th District state representative.

According to unofficial results, Andersson received 4,353 votes; Geneva resident Daniel Ugaste of Geneva received 2,958 votes; and Elgin resident Debbie Miller received 2,057 votes. There are no Democratic candidates running for the seat in the primary.

The race was for the seat currently held by state Rep. Tim Schmitz, R-Batavia, who is not seeking re-election. He first was elected to the House in 1999. The district represents parts of Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Campton Hills, Plato Center, South Elgin, Hampshire and Huntley.

Pension reform emerged as one of the main issues during the campaign. All the candidates agreed that the pension reform legislation approved last year by the Illinois General Assembly does not go far enough. Lawsuits filed by public labor unions and retirees have challenged the constitutionality of the legislation.

Among other items, the legislation includes reducing annual cost-of-living adjustments, phasing in increases in retirement ages, instituting a pensionable salary cap and reducing employees’ contributions by one percentage point.

Andersson said he hopes the courts provide direction as they look at the constitutionality of the legislation.

“What I’m hoping is that whatever the courts decide, that they provide us a road map,” he had said. “If they uphold it as constitutional, that’s great. If they don’t, they’ll tell us where the defects are in the law. If they do that, then we can pass meaningful reform and hopefully get it right a second time.”

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