State Rep. Dan Ugaste, R-Geneva, on Tuesday announced he is seeking the Republican nomination to continue serving Illinois’ 65th District in the Illinois General Assembly, according to a news release.
Ugaste was elected in 2018 and reelected in 2020, the release stated.
“I spend my time in our district listening to working families and business owners talk about how government is doing more to hurt them than help them, and I try to translate that into common sense legislation that reverses the financial burdens and counterproductive regulations imposed by state government,” Ugaste stated in the release.
The newly redrawn 65th District now encompasses parts of the communities of Geneva, St. Charles, Elburn, Elgin, South Elgin, Wayne, Lily Lake, Campton Hills, Valley View and Pingree Grove.
Ugaste’s announcement also attacked Illinois Democrats.
“The Democrats engaged in blatant political gerrymandering after promising voters there would be an independent commission established to create impartial maps fairly representing all the people of Illinois,” Ugaste stated in the release.
“Instead, they created a Frankenstein patchwork designed to primarily protect Democrat incumbents in Chicago and Cook County and everyone else in Illinois is an afterthought,” Ugaste stated in the release. “That, in a nutshell, is why I want to stay and fight for the rights and interests of every family in Illinois that is treated as an afterthought by the Democrats and special interests, who perpetuate their power while fattening their wallets.”
Ugaste narrowly defeated Democrat Martha Paschke in the race for the 65th House District in the November 2020 general election with 35,206 votes to Paschke’s 32,710, a difference of 2,486 votes, records show.
Former state representative Steve Andersson – who had once represented that district – had announced his support for Paschke and was critical of Ugaste’s service in the Illinois House.
Ugaste had taken his win as an opportunity to blast Democrats, former House Speaker Michael Madigan for spending $3 million to $4 million to try to defeat him – in 2018 and 2020 – and Paschke for an “increasingly personal” campaign against him.
“Lies and smear campaigns do not fool voters in the 65th District,” Ugaste had said.