Endorsement: McLaughlin for state House Dist. 52

  • Martin McLaughlin, left, and Marci Suelzer

    Martin McLaughlin, left, and Marci Suelzer

The Daily Herald Editorial Board
Updated 9/17/2020 9:58 AM

The voters in the 52nd Illinois House District have been spoiled by the representation of David McSweeney.

To all those who say individual state representatives are powerless in a General Assembly controlled by legislative leaders, we say look at the performance of the Barrington Hills Republican.


For eight years, McSweeney has served with unmatched energy and tireless efforts at building relationships on both sides of the aisle. and by keenly picking his spots, he's been uniquely successful at getting things done.

McSweeney will be a tough act to follow, but the voters have two good options to do so -- Barrington Hills Village President Martin McLaughlin and Democrat Marci Suelzer of Island Lake, who brings a well-rounded background in legal affairs and mental health.

We recommend McLaughlin, the Republican.

When we endorsed him for village president three years ago, we said he showed the "energy, resourcefulness, intimate knowledge of the workings of government, persuasion and a steadfast commitment to his vision, often in the face of heated opposition."

Sound like anyone we know?

Suelzer is a solid candidate, but McLaughlin is the best choice for the district, which takes in parts of Algonquin, the Barrington area, Carpentersville, Cary, East Dundee, Fox River Grove, Hoffman Estates, Island Lake, Lake in the Hills and Wauconda.

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