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posted: 2/22/2012 12:01 AM

Turelli for state House, Dist. 58

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

Lauren Turelli and Mark Neerhof, both of Lake Forest, face off in the Republican primary for 58th District state representative, vying for a seat that will be left open by the departure of incumbent Karen May. Both candidates show a strong understanding of the issues, but with different levels of detail. High property taxes and the state's pension crisis top their priority lists. As a doctor, Neerhof emphasizes reforming Medicaid, a program he believes is out of control and not being used for those who truly need it. Turelli, who previously challenged May for the seat, focuses more on education reform. With experience as a parks commissioner and precinct committeewoman and Lake County GOP chair, Turelli benefits from her previous House campaign, her community involvement and the detail with which she addresses a broad range of topics. While Neerhof knows the issues, especially Medicaid, his political experience is not as well-rounded, he hasn't held an elected position, and his civic involvement is limited to the medical profession. The 58th District runs along the lake from north of Lake Bluff south to Highland Park.

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