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Candidates' Voices – Andrew Chesney: ‘Rolling up our sleeves and working together’

Freeport alderman runs to represent 89th House District

Andrew Chesney
Andrew Chesney

Editor's note: Sauk Valley Media presents a series of guest columns by candidates in key contested races in the March 20 primary election. Candidates were invited to write up to 500 words about why voters should support them. Today's race: 89th District, Illinois House.

Note to readers: Two Republican candidates for the 89th District, Illinois House of Representatives nomination in the March 20 primary, Andrew Chesney and Steven Fricke, were invited to write candidate columns. Chesney submitted a column; Fricke did not.

I was born and raised in Northwest Illinois, and I was taught a set of values that included hard work, respect for people, and serving your community. 

These values enabled my family to weather tough times and to also develop a successful business that has contributed to the local economy and provided jobs. 

For us, the American Dream was real, and now I am giving back to my community by continuing my public service and running for state representative in the 89th District.

Currently, I serve as alderman-at-large for the city of Freeport, and I am chairman of the Stephenson County Republican Party. I have worked with my colleagues and many people in the community of various political and personal backgrounds, and together we have made changes to city government and policies that have and will positively impact people in our community.

As I look at the way things are done in Springfield and the Illinois Legislature, I don’t see the type of cooperation like we have here in Freeport or virtually any other Northwest Illinois community. Instead, there is factionalism and a divided Legislature that cannot seem to get things done. 

If elected, I will work hard to first change the way legislators interact with each other by rolling up our sleeves and working together at least on those things that we can agree upon.

Lawmaking in Springfield should be based on the principle of passing legislation that does not harm our economy or our people. Illinois is losing population, and we are losing opportunities. We cannot sustain that type of environment and expect our children and grandchildren to live and work here in Illinois.

I am focused on doing the right things in Springfield and making sure that Northwest Illinois is represented well. I have a simple conservative platform that includes respect for life, maintaining our Second Amendment rights, and holding the line on spending, not trying to tax our way out of our problems. 

We all work hard and balance our own budgets. So should Springfield.

I would appreciate your vote on March 20. 

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