State Rep. Randy Ramey will not return to Springfield empty-handed. After winning Tuesday's election, he says he will carry a proposal for an Arizona-style immigration law into his third term because, he says, that promise was part of what propelled him to victory.
"When they know this is what I'm working on, they say 'Well, that guy is doing what we want to be done and he's not afraid to do it,'" Ramey said from a post-election party in West Chicago, noting that most people he spoke to in his district agree with the idea.
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With all precincts reporting in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties, unofficial totals show Ramey received 62 of the vote and held off a challenge from Democrat Greg Brownfield, a Bartlett attorney, to represent the 55th House District.
In August, the Republican incumbent told a Tri-County Tea Party rally that he was ready to introduce the immigration law.
"The hard work we have put in throughout the campaign is coming to fruition," Ramey said. "People are seeing that I have been listening and getting things done."
He said voters during the campaign showed their anger.
"They're angry and they want elected officials to know that they are paying attention and you better start listening or they'll get you out of there," he said.
House District 55 covers Bartlett and Wayne Township and parts of Carol Stream, St. Charles, South Elgin and Hanover Park.