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[Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, is running to unseat U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, in the 14th Congressional District. Hundreds gathered at a rally for her, led by Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles on May 23.]
ST. CHARLES – Hundreds gathered at a rally in support of 14th Congressional District candidate Lauren Underwood, D-Naperville, attended by Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker and Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, at Mt. St. Mary Park in St. Charles on May 23.
Underwood seeks to unseat U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Plano, in November.
In the crowd was Laura Miller Hill of St. Charles who said she believes Underwood would be an excellent representative.
"I'm in Rep. Randy Hultgren's district; I'm not happy with the decisions he's making and [his] votes," Miller Hill said, characterizing them as anti-women and anti-American.
Underwood told the crowd she decided to run after attending Hultgren's 2017 public forum, his only one, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles where he promised to protect the right of people with pre-existing medical conditions to access health insurance. The issue is personal, she said, citing her own well-managed heart condition. She said she believed his promise, but then he voted for the American Health Care Act and to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
"He turned his back on us – it's on, I'm running," she recalled saying. "We will keep fighting until November. … Health care is a right, not a privilege for the wealthy."
Among her goals for the district, which straddles seven counties, she said she will work to help people "afford to stay in the beautiful communities we call home."