Sandack Begins Fundraising Effort for House Race

Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford appeals to voters to send Sandack back to Springfield.

Money and support.

That was what Sen. Ron Sandack told a group of about 50 supporters he needs from them to win the Republican nomination for House District 81 during a fundraiser Thursday night.

“It’s hard to ask people for money, especially when we’re in such tough economic times, but that’s what it’s going to take,” Sandack said.

Sandack also said he wants to create an army of volunteers to push his campaign into the general election.

“Illinois is bankrupt. It is insolvent by any reasonable definition of that term. The news is bleak, but I believe it can get better,” Sandack said.

During his address to supporters, Sandack said he wanted to stay in Springfield to continue to address the state’s financial crisis and make Illinois more job friendly. To accomplish that he highlighted two goals – repealing the 67 percent income tax hike passed at the end of the last legislative session and implementing the in Springfield.

Sandack was appointed to the state Senate earlier this year after Sen. Dan Cronin stepped down to assume the role of DuPage County Chairman. However, after the Democratic majority in Springfield redrew legislative boundaries Sandack found himself in the same district as Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno of Lemont. Wanting to continue to serve in Springfield, Sandack launched a bid for the newly drawn 81st House District, which includes parts of Downers Grove, Darien, Lisle, Woodridge, Westmont, Naperville.  Radogno, along with Sen. Kirk Dillard and Rep. Michael Connelly, joined Sandack when he earlier this month.

On Thursday Sandack was joined at his fundraiser by Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford who touted the senator’s commitment to fiscal stability. Rutherford, who used to work for Service Master in Downers Grove, said he got to know Sandack when he was the town’s mayor and appreciated his vision and leadership abilities. After laying out the state’s financial problems, Rutherford said Sandack is a legislator who “gets it” and needs to remain in Springfield.

“We need your help to keep him there,” Rutherford said.

In the Republican primary Sandack, so far, faces Downers Grove Republican , vice president of. Sandack said he will hold to the mantra of President Ronald Reagan not to speak ill of another Republican.

“Let’s let this campaign be one of ideas and issues,” Sandack said.

Sandack said he did not know how much money would need to be raised for the primary election. He said there are estimates that leg of the campaign could cost between $50,000 and $100,000. Sandack has several fundraisers scheduled over the next few weeks.

So far Sandack said he’s received the support of most of the mayors in the 81st  as well as many of his colleagues in the legislature. Sandack said he will seek the support of Republican leaders across the district including the two Republican township organizations. Earlier this year the DGTRO changed its bylaws to allow the organization to endorse candidates in a primary election, chairman Brian Krajewski said. However, the new rules require candidates to garner 75 percent before an endorsement can be given, which both Sandack and Krajewski said could be tough to receive in a contested primary race.

“Endorsements are great, but the only ones that count are the people who support you at the polls,” Sandack said.

Mike September 23, 2011 at 01:26 PM
This race is begining to smell like Brian vs Ron for Mayor. Will Brian ever get over his loss to Ron for Mayor? Why have 2 people run from the same seat from the same Township? I guess that answers comes from a lack of leadership in the Township.
PAUL C. September 23, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Well Ron does not get appointed to ths time! It should be interesting to see how he does with the other towns in the new district come election time. It's about more than DG this time Mike!
Ron Brzoska September 23, 2011 at 04:03 PM
There is also a candidate from Naperville, Charlie Schneider, that is running for the 81st District. It's not just Downers Grove in this race.
Dan F. September 23, 2011 at 06:03 PM
Will Ron's supporters ever get over Brian? I guess not! PS Rutherford is the guy who sent out an 11 page brochure to solicit campaign donations for himself...at taxpayer expense. Good endorsement.
Dan F. September 23, 2011 at 06:31 PM
http://capitolfax.com/2011/09/20/sometimes-its-the-little-things/ Here's the story about Rutherford.
Jeffrey Crane September 24, 2011 at 12:28 PM
Ron suggested he would need $50k-$100k to win the seat. Sandy had better get his supporters to dig a little deeper this time. $250 dollars a pop just will not cut the mustard. Try $500k maybe.
Jeffrey Crane September 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM
I hope The Patch offers the same coverage to the other candidates. So far, not too good.
PAUL C. September 24, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Great information Dan F. Illinois Treasurer Rutherford tried to dodge the fact that he used taxpayers monies for marketing a contribution brochure for his campaign and he talks about fiscal stability! This is an endorsement Ron may want to down play.
Ron Sandack September 24, 2011 at 03:08 PM
Hi All: I'm all for candidates getting as much attention as possible; information is critical for voters to make informed decisions. This election (all, ideally) should exclusively be about substance- who's best qualified; who has the best grasp on the issues facing our State; & who has the best solutions. For my part, I have indeed taken the Ronald Reagan pledge and will focus solely on solutions to turn-around our State. And after the primary is over-- win or lose-- I intend to wholeheartedly back the primary winner and thank those who sought to serve and try and find ways to engage them further. For those looking for my position statements and information on State issues can soon find them by going to www.ron4illinois.com. As many know, I regularly inform and engage via my Twitter or Facebook accounts. Cheers... and let's keep it clean and focused on the issues because that's what matters. Ron
PAUL C. September 24, 2011 at 03:52 PM
As a Dupage county taxpayer, I have an issue with Mr. Rutherford and that is sticking to the issues.
Jeffrey Crane September 24, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Ron: Yes the issues are important and we would love to read your position statement. But also character, associations and affiliations are also important. That is an area where, in my opinion, you fail miserably.


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