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Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin has emerged as the first official Republican candidate seeking to replace outgoing Illinois state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills) in the 52nd District.
McSweeney recently announced that he will not be seeking reelection in 2020 after having served the district since 2012. Enter McLaughlin, who has served as village president for the last six years and cites his work toward lowering the village’s property tax rates while increasing infrastructure spending as one of the accomplishments he hopes to put to use in the House.
“People are fleeing our state because high taxes and the untenable financial position our state is in,” McLaughlin said in a press release. “I believe that my background as a pension fund manager and village president make me uniquely qualified to help get Illinois’ finances back in order.”
Illinois state Rep. David McSweeney (R-Barrington Hills)
McLaughlin singled out McSweeney for calling out the waste he sees in Springfield.
“My decision to run does not come lightly,” McLaughlin added. “I am running because I have the support of my family and friends as well an overwhelming number of current and former elected officials across the 52nd District.”
McLaughlin previously ran for state office in 2016, losing out in the primary to current 26th District state Sen. Dan McConchie (R-Hawthorn Woods).
McSweeney, meanwhile, is reported to be eyeing a run for Illinois Secretary of State or U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth's (D-Chicago) seat.
The 52nd District covers parts of Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties.