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Former Mayor Announces State Rep Run

Ron Sandack to enter race for 81st House District seat.

Former mayor Ron Sandack officially announced his candidacy for State Representative in the 81st House District of Illinois Wednesday morning outside of the Downers Grove village hall.

Standing on the slightly unkempt lawn of the building he served as mayor in for four years, Sandack, currently a state senator, delivered his opening speech to a small crowd of supporters, flanked by local politicians including State Rep Mike Connelly and Senators Christine Radogno and Kirk Dillard. A handful of area mayors were also in attendance.

Sandack said he chose the village hall as the site to give his speech because local governance was still “in his blood” and he felt Illinois could benefit from operating in a similar manner as Downers Grove did while he was mayor.

In his speech, Sandack highlighted the need to make Illinois job friendly and said his campaign will strive to do more with less, relying heavily on volunteers.

The newly created 81st House District encompasses parts of Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Woodridge, Westmont and Naperville. Sandack is running for the republican primary, which is in March. Sandack served as Downers Grove mayor from 2007-2011.

Thomas September 07, 2011 at 07:27 PM
I think the lawn looks pretty nice and green.
Robert Bykowski September 07, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Very green. I like lawns a little longer, personally, but most don't.
Sara Bieda September 07, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Maybe announcing a run for office on an unkempt lawn is good luck!
Tony Cesare September 07, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Man they couldn't even cut the grass prior to this photo op?? Those hedges are out of control! Is this our village hall or a abandoned and foreclosed property??
Robert Bykowski September 07, 2011 at 09:05 PM
Haha, we should try making that a widely believed superstition!
Susan Carroll September 07, 2011 at 09:14 PM
My lawn is available to prospective candidates for a small fee. If you want extra luck from extra long grass, you can pay extra for the back yard.
William Vollrath September 07, 2011 at 09:33 PM
Regarding his "Sandack for Illinois" slogan, I trust he does realize he isn't running for a state office -- at least not yet.
William Vollrath September 07, 2011 at 09:34 PM
As in "statewide" vs. limited legislative district.
Robert Bykowski September 07, 2011 at 09:37 PM
will you be supplying an American flag or will the candidates have to supply their own?
Tony Cesare September 07, 2011 at 11:45 PM
Nothing screams local politics like ill fitting suits, overgrown front lawn and a mansard roof-in brown.
Jim September 08, 2011 at 01:52 AM
Does anyone really care that he is running? The title of this news article is really what is important here lol. Who cares about who is running, nothing is getting any better. Both parties drove everything to the ground for many years while the innocent hard working people kept working, raising families and trying do the right thing. Could care less about any election or any politics. And the title of this article is classic. Great laugh.
Patrick Murphy September 08, 2011 at 04:31 AM
You totally nailed it Jim, but in a not so obvious way. You listed a problem about how things have gotten and who you believe is responsible and then went on to say, " who cares". That my friend is a bigger problem than the one you mentioned. Just an FYI, if the majority were like you and couldn't care less about politics or elections ,the issues or problems in our state that disturb you and others would never have a chance of being corrected. Please care Jim, and be a good citizen.
Chad D. Walz September 08, 2011 at 04:42 AM
I agree with Mr. Murphy. Too many American's sit idly by and let special interest run the election process in our country. It is time for IL to stop being the butt of political jokes. We need to start electing people like Ron Sandack to look out for the honest hardworking folks in this state. Ron and I don’t agree on every issue, but I know he does love Downers Grove and the state of IL.
Steve G. September 08, 2011 at 05:14 AM
Lawn and landscape care? Not a core service of the village.
Kent Frederick September 08, 2011 at 12:50 PM
It will be interesting to see how the race plays out between Sandack and Deborah Boyle, who also announced her candidacy this week.
Cliff Grammich September 08, 2011 at 02:13 PM
The Daily Herald reports this morning that Charlie Schneider of Naperville is also considering a candidacy, presumably in the Republican primary. I agree this campaign will be "interesting," but to whom and when are questions in my mind. I understand why the candidates are lining up now: they could start gathering petition signatures this week. Still, the fact that our election calendar is such that candidates begin gathering signatures in September 2011 . . . . . . to be on the ballot in a primary more than six months from now . . . to run in a general election 14 months from now . . . to serve, starting 16 months from now, a 24-month term may be the most compelling evidence I know of dysfunction in Illinois politics.

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