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posted: 2/22/2012 12:01 AM

Brownfield for Illinois Senate Dist. 23, Democrat

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The Daily Herald Editorial Board

The race to represent the Democrats in the state Senate's 23rd District features three highly engaging candidates, all of whom combine energetic thinking and a sincere interest in the welfare of the state and the district. We prefer Greg Brownfield, of Bartlett, as the candidate with the best combination of background and ideas for mounting a fall campaign. Like his opponents Kevin Allen, of Addison, and Thomas Cullerton, of Villa Park, he is affected by a hint of newcomer's optimism about just how difficult it can be to influence change in Springfield, but he also exhibits a capacity for learning and adaptation that suggests he could indeed be an independent voice among Democrats and still accomplish some of his goals for controlling spending, improving transparency and protecting Illinois' most vulnerable citizens. Allen has an impressive record of civic involvement and has done his homework on issues facing state government. Cullerton may have a slightly less-detailed approach to state issues, but his experience as a trustee and currently village president in Villa Park give him some insights into working with people in a government setting. Ultimately, though, Brownfield offers the strongest hope for balancing thoughtful independence and effective leadership. The 23rd District runs southeast from the Bartlett area to Villa Park, taking in parts of Carol Stream, Bloomingdale, Itasca and Wood Dale.

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