Campton Hills resident Kate Monteleone has announced she is running against incumbent State Rep. Keith Wheeler, R-Oswego, in the Nov. 3 election.
“People I’ve met are tired of the status quo,” Monteleone said in a news release. “The community’s enthusiastic response for my candidacy has been overwhelming. I am eager to connect with more voters to hear their concerns and ideas for the future of the district and Illinois.”
Wheeler has been serving the 50th District since 2015. The 50th district covers much of southwest Kane County and northern Kendall County, including Sugar Grove, Elburn, Campton Hills and Yorkville, as well as portions of St. Charles, Batavia, North Aurora, Aurora, Montgomery and Oswego.
A nonprofit consultant and executive director with 25-years leadership experience, Monteleone said it's time for real representation for the communities of Kane and Kendall counties included in the 50th House district.
“Illinois has its problems," she said in the release. "Our infrastructure is crumbling and there are disparities in access to healthcare, education and justice that must be addressed. Moving beyond this moment requires courage, compassion, and understanding the art of compromise. Governance is not a zero-sum game,” she said.
She was slated to run for the seat by the chairpersons of the Kane and Kendall county Democratic organizations and filed nominating petitions in Springfield on June 1.
“Kate Monteleone is strategic and has the judgment and maturity that resonates with Kane County voters," said Mark Guethle, chairman of the Kane County Democrats.
Monteleone advocates for property tax relief for homeowners, increased state support to public schools, and safe communities. She also wants to ensure the interests of local communities are reflected during redistricting which will occur next year.
“Kate stepped up to run under difficult circumstances," said Julie Gondar, chairwoman for Kendall County Democrats. "The COVID-19 restrictions meant she had to be creative in getting signatures and connecting with voters. And she did that. Her drive and tenacity prove that she has exactly what it takes to win this seat in November and to fight for her constituents in the 50th House District. I can't wait to vote for her!"
More information is available at her website, ElectKate50.com.