Oswego business leader announces House run
BY STEVE LORD firstname.lastname@example.org September 26, 2013 12:10PM
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:30AM
Two of at least four expected GOP candidates for the 50th State House race in 2014 have announced their intention to run.
The latest was Oswego resident Keith Wheeler, a former Kendall County Republican organization chairman who made his official announcement earlier this week in front of supporters at the Fireside Grille in Sugar Grove.
He joins Beth Goncher, of Montgomery, who announced her intention to run two weeks ago at a Montgomery business. She also has made a statement declaring herself a candidate on her Facebook page.
At least two more Republican candidates are expected to join the race to replace State Rep. Kay Hatcher, R-Yorkville, who announced she will not seek reelection in 2014.
There also is at least one candidate running on the Democratic Party side — former Yorkville Mayor Valerie Burd.
While Burd has not officially announced her candidacy, she has mentioned it to many people and told the Democratic Party organization, which asked her to run, that she would.
The other two Republican candidates expected to announce are Oswego resident Julie Cosimo, and Sugar Grove resident Dave Richmond. Both reportedly have been gathering signatures on nominating petitions.
Petitions are not due to be filed until December, and the primary will be in March 2014.
Wheeler is owner of Responsive Network Services, LLC, and chairman of the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the National Federal of Independent Business Fox Valley Area Action Council and chairman of the Kendall County Food Pantry Board of Directors.
“As a business owner the past 22 years, I have experienced the detrimental effects Springfield has had on the business climate and on job creation,” Wheeler said. “Businesses are leaving Illinois because the cost of doing business here is too high and keeps getting higher.”
Goncher is the legislative and constituent services director for State Rep. Timothy Schmitz, R-Batavia, who also has announced he will not run for reelection in 2014. Goncher is a graduate of Rosary High School in Aurora, and Dominican University in River Grove.
Cosimo is director of career development at Benedictine University in Lisle, and has worked in the higher education sector for the past 16 years. She also founded a small business while she went to school.
Richmond is an attorney and the former Blackberry Township supervisor. He once served as constituent relations director for former Speaker of the U.S. House, Dennis Hastert.
Both Wheeler and Richmond have run for the 50th House district seat before. Richmond ran in 2008 against Hatcher, when the seat was to be vacated by retiring State Rep. Patricia Reid Lindner.
Wheeler unsuccessfully challenged Hatcher in the GOP primary in 2010.
The 50th District covers parts or all of Yorkville, Oswego, Aurora, Sugar Grove, Batavia, Geneva, Montgomery, Elburn, Campton Hills and Plano.