Young GOP House candidate says it’s time for fresh ideas in Springfield
One of the youngest candidates seeking a seat in the Illinois House says he believes the state needs new ideas and a new way to do things in the Capitol.
“I am running because I think we need a new generation of young leaders to go to Springfield and change the way we have been doing business,” Marko Sukovic, 22, of Lincolnshire told the Lake County Gazette. "We have had a situation where some of our elected leaders have abused the power of office to increase their personal wealth and make it more difficult for families that live in the 59th District just to live normal lives.”
Sukovic said that in the short time he has put his name forward, his campaign has heard from hundreds who agreed with his message.
“We launched the campaign just two weeks before we actually ended up filing," Sukovic said. "In that short time span we were able to collect over 800 signatures. That is just over 800 people in two weeks that we have spoken to that have confidence that we are a campaign that is serious, that is going out into the community, and that is being aggressive with our message.”
Sukovic, who filed his petition to run for the seat held by Rep. Carol Sente (D-Vernon Hills) with the Illinois State Board of Elections on Nov. 27, said he is excited to bring change to the state.
“I am a fiscal conservative and I think that is what the state of Illinois needs right now: people that will go down there and make difficult decisions about similar, pressing challenges on some of these important economic and fiscal issues,” he said. “The status quo is not working for people.”
Sukovic added that he was not just vying for youthful candidates but rather a different way of doing things.
“It doesn’t just need to be young people but just people who have a different kind of mentality that aren’t looking to make a career of public service but looking to serve, to help out and get out of there and let another generation of people come on in,” he said.
House District 59 includes Mundelein, Vernon Hills and Wheeling.