GENEVA – Attorney and Geneva resident Dan Ugaste announced in an Aug. 21 news release that he will be filing petitions to succeed retiring Illinois state Rep. Steve Andersson in the 2018 general election.
Andersson said Aug. 17 that he would not seek a third term.
Ugaste was prompted to run, “After the Illinois General Assembly hiked state income taxes by 32 percent, increasing spending and refusing to structurally reform our derelict state government,” the release stated.
Ugaste lost to Andersson in a three-way 2014 Republican primary race.
“In 2014, I ran to represent the people of Kane County with the promise that I would help restore fiscal responsibility to state government by reducing spending instead of raising taxes,” Ugaste stated in the release. “Since, Chicago Democrats and capitulating Republicans have teamed up to make things worse. They raised taxes to funnel more of our money into a failing system.”
The 32 percent state income tax hike will take another $223 million per year from Kane County taxpayers, the release stated.
Taxpayers in every community in the 65th District will be asked to sacrifice more, while “getting nothing in return,” the release stated.
“For more than 40 years, the Democrats in control of the General Assembly have taxed, borrowed and spent Illinois into bankruptcy,” the release stated.
“We need Republicans who will stand strong against the Democrat’s only solution – to raise taxes,” Ugaste stated in the release. “The ever increasing tax and fee burden on Illinois companies and individuals is driving businesses and people out of Illinois. The total tax burden in Illinois is one of the highest in the nation.
As a committed fiscal conservative, Ugaste will use his experience in law and business “to help get Illinois back on the right track,” the release stated.
As a committed cultural conservative Ugaste will represent our shared values in the General Assembly while protecting our basic freedoms, according to the release.
“Conservative voters need to know they have a representative in Springfield who will not align with Democrats to increase our tax burden,” Ugaste stated in the release. “I have personally met with thousands of individuals and families through volunteer work and activities with my church and throughout the community and they know they can count on me to keep my promises.”
More information about Ugaste's candidacy is available by visiting ugasteforillinois.com.