After State Sen. Chris Lauzen's long 17 years in office, I'm changing my vote to Sean Michels.
There seems to be much about Mr. Lauzen that is all talk. He claims that he will fight pork in the State budget, but he has yet to identify the pork he is trying to eliminate. Lauzen also says he is in favor of improvements on Route 47 - what has he done to get Route 47 or any other road improved? Mr. Lauzen claims corruption within the Republican Party, but yet can't seem to prove its existence. He has voted to limit the terms of state legislators, but has been in office for 17 years himself?
Mr. Lauzen has unfortunately proven himself to be an ineffective voice for much of his district and has garnered a reputation of being difficult to work with. There is a reason Mr. Michels has support from local mayors from both sides of the aisle; Elburn Village President David Anderson, Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns, St. Charles Mayor Don DeWitte and Yorkville Mayor Valerie Burd. These areas have been unrepresented for too long and can use the fresh start Mr. Michels offers.
I have known Sean for some time and have personally witnessed his work ethic and diligent focus on getting the job done. I know that he is committed to bringing the necessary construction projects to the district and seeing them through. I know that he opposes new taxes and supports major changes to the state pension system. Sean Michels may not have the name recognition, but he has a track record in Sugar Grove that illustrates he can get the job done in Springfield.