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Senger wins 11th Congressional District race

Published: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 12:12 a.m. CDT

State Rep. Darlene Senger will face U.S. Rep. Bill Foster in November in the race for the 11th Congressional District seat.

Senger, R-Naperville, on Tuesday won over Naperville businessman Bert Miller, conservative talk show host Ian Bayne of Aurora and Grundy County Board member Chris Balkema, according to unofficial election results. Lisle resident Craig Robbins had dropped out of the race.

Senger attributed her win to grass-roots campaigning.

"We had a good strategy," she said. "We looked at what we could accomplish. I'm a proven legislator."

The 11th District includes North Aurora, Aurora, Naperville, Lisle and Joliet. U.S. Rep. Bill Foster, D-Naperville, has held the seat since November 2012 after defeating former U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert.

Senger has been a state representative since 2009. Before that, she was on the Naperville City Council from 2002 to 2008.

“As [a] state legislator, I’ve taken on the toughest issues,” she said during her campaign. “You have to work with people, but you also have to incorporate your principles into the solution. And I’ve been able to do that.”

Regarding the state of public education, Senger said that individual states and not the federal government should take the lead in implementing standards.

“No Child Left Behind failed,” Senger said. “Each state and each district in the state is different. Every household is different, and every child is different. That’s why you have to customize it uniquely to each working area.”

In a statement, Foster said he congratulated Senger on her victory and that he looked forward to a "thoughtful and honest debate on the issues."

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