Endorsement: Sangari for the GOP in Congress District 9
Four candidates are running in the Republican primary in the 9th Congressional District for the right to challenge Evanston's Jan Schakowsky, one of the most liberal and partisan Democrats in the U.S. House.
We favor two of the candidates in particular -- John Elleson, a pastor from Arlington Heights with conservative views and a warm bipartisan approach; and retired Army lieutenant colonel Sargis Sangari of Skokie, still active in foreign affairs through the Near East Center for Strategic Engagement he founded.
Of those two, we endorse Sangari because of the depth of his understanding of global affairs. While he might be more conservative than we'd normally endorse, his idealistic commitment to move beyond party politics to solve problems in a structural way are strongly appealing.
Also on the ballot are D. Vincent Thomas Jr., a government and politics professor at DePaul University whose credentials are intriguing but who unfortunately chose not to share his candidacy with us; and Max Rice, whose flippancy makes his candidacy hard to take seriously.
The district takes in the tip of Chicago and much of the North Shore, then swings out to the Northwest suburbs to parts of Arlington Heights, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights and Rolling Meadows.