January 31, 2023
Local News

St. Charles man announces bid to challenge Underwood in 2020

Another challenger announced his bid to defeat Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, in the 2020 election.

Anthony Catella, of St. Charles, said he’s running to represent the 14th Congressional District, which stretches from parts of McHenry, Lake and DeKalb counties through Kane and Kendall counties to the northwest side of Will County. Catella said in a news release he’s an U.S. Army veteran, has served as an election judge and acted as a precinct committeeman.

He’s a lifelong resident of the district and “stands for jobs, interests and industries.”

In videos on his YouTube channel, he talked about reducing “undue influence of money and special interest groups in politics” as well as reducing the “level of partisanship” in today’s politics.

He said the 14th District “deserves a man who can fight ’til he wins.”

Underwood pulled off an upset victory against four-term incumbent Randy Hultgren in 2018. At 32, she is the youngest African-American woman to serve in the House of Representatives as well as the first woman, first person of color and first Millennial to represent the district.

Two others, U.S. Navy veteran Matt Quigley of Naperville and human resources manager Danny Malouf of Crystal Lake, have also already announced they are running for the Republican nomination in 2020 to challenge Underwood in the general election.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.