Ives seeks 'more freedom' for 6th District in campaign to unseat Casten - Jeanne for Congress


There will be policy battles on health care, the environment and taxes, but the central issue in the race to represent the 6th District in the U.S. House of Representatives has to do with freedom and control, says the newest candidate to enter the campaign.

“The more you have government interfere in the marketplace, the less freedom you have to act on your own,” said Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican who announced her bid last week to run for the seat now held by freshman Democrat Sean Casten of Downers Grove. “He sees more government as more freedom, and we absolutely do not believe that at all.”

Ives said she believes American innovation can overcome the nation’s most pressing problems and she’s the person to work with anyone willing to find the best solutions.

Ives, a three-term former state representative who challenged then-Gov. Bruce Rauner in the 2018 Republican primary, said she still cares deeply about Illinois politics and running to represent the 6th District at the federal level will bring positive benefits to the state.

“If we export big, Chicago-style Democratic policies to the federal government, our state as a whole will be so much worse off,” Ives said.

Although she is speaking out already against Casten’s views and policies, Ives first is lined up to face former Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti in a Republican primary that will pit two former Wheaton City Council opponents against each other again.

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