Former Glen Ellyn Park District commissioner Jay Kinzler has announced he will run in the March 2018 Republican primary for Illinois' 46th House District, a seat currently held by state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park.
Kinzler, 59, of Glen Ellyn lost against U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Wheaton, in the March 2016 Republican primary for the 6th Congressional District. Kinzler is campaigning against high taxes, and railed against the recent state income tax hike implemented by the Democratic-controlled General Assembly, noting that many residents are already saddled with high property taxes.
"That's really hurting a lot of families and businesses," he said. "[What that's] doing is it's driving people to look to move out of Illinois. We're losing good, hard-working people that helped build this state over the years. And they're people that we can't afford to lose."
When he was on the Glen Ellyn Park District Board – he served for a time as board president – the board decreased its portion of the property tax bill between 7 percent to 8 percent, Kinzler said.
"I think we can do it at the state level as well," he said.
He also criticized the fact that the General Assembly is controlled by one party.
"When our founding fathers had the whole idea of democratic government in the United States and the state of Illinois, they meant for kind of a two party system," Kinzler said. "And right now, Illinois is a one-party system. [Illinois House Speaker Michael] Madigan pretty much runs the show. And there's no give-and-take. There's no compromise."
Kinzler, who is a doctor and surgeon, said he is also concerned about the opioid epidemic in DuPage County. He is immediate past president of the medical staff at Elmhurst Hospital.
"We're losing a lot of good young people," he said.
Kinzler also is a Army Reserve colonel.
Conroy has held her seat since 2013. Kinzler joins Roger Orozco of Carol Stream in the race.
Orozco, a police officer, marine and former board of education member for Community Consolidated School District 93 in Bloomingdale, announced Sept. 12 that he will run in the Republican primary.
The 46th District includes all of Villa Park and Glendale Heights and portions of Elmhurst, Lombard, Addison, Glen Ellyn, Oakbrook Terrace, Carol Stream, Hanover Park, Wheaton and Bloomingdale.