Remember when Wisconsin was in the national spotlight last spring, with weeks of protests over a Republican governor's attempt to limit public workers' collective bargaining rights?
The governor's moves there, and similar efforts in Ohio and Indiana, so angered Steven L. Hunter of Geneva, he started getting involved in politics.
And it led to him running this spring for the Democratic nomination for the 25th District state senate seat.
"As a regular working family, I feel unrepresented in the area," he said. " ... I didn't like anybody that was running for it."
The area has been represented in the statehouse by Republicans for many years: state Sen. Randy Ramey and state Sen. Chris Lauzen.
"I feel most of the (residents) of the district are moderate. I don't see a lot of party affiliation. They are more interested in working and taking care of their family," Hunter said, explaining his chance at being elected. He faces Corinne Pierog of St. Charles in the primary.
Hunter, 41, is a telecommunications specialist for AT&T Network Operations, monitoring its network and arranging for maintenance and repairs. He is married and has two children. Hunter served in the Navy from 1988 to 1994, on two submarines.
He is a precinct committeeman, a union steward for Local 21 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and a member of the North Central Illinois Labor Council Board. The AFL-CIO has endorsed him.