Krishnamoorthi, Diganvker discuss their bipartisan appeal
While 8th Congressional District Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi is a Democrat and challenger Jitendra "JD" Diganvker is Republican, both Schaumburg men believe the Nov, 6 election won't be determined by party labels.
Diganvker said many union members signed his nominating petitions, and during his previous job as an Uber driver he heard from thousands of people of all political persuasions. While non-Republicans may not give him campaign money, he believes many will give him their votes.
"People want to see their representative working (for) the progress of the common man," Diganvker said. "Political agenda has to be there, but at the same time it should not come in the way of people's living.
"The regular people are suffering, and we are in the political stage right now. It's extreme, and we must come together. We must come together for the progress of the people."
Krishnamoorthi said he won nearly 60 percent of the vote in the last election despite the fact Democratic voters are not a majority of the district.
He believes his legislative record and delivery of constituent services since 2016 have demonstrated his bipartisanship.
"And I intend to compete for every single vote," Krishnamoorthi said. "I think I represent not just Democrats in this district, I represent all 750,000 people who are Democrats, Republicans and independents. I think they want me to get something done in Washington. They want me to pursue bipartisanship."
While assisting constituents with immigration needs, Social Security issues and veterans services, as well as providing Capitol tours, his office asks none about their party affiliation.
"I think people here demand bipartisanship, even though they might have some strong views on different issues," Krishnamoorthi said. "They're still interested in seeing that their representatives in Washington, D.C., get things done for the greater good."
The 8th District is roughly centered in Schaumburg and includes areas of northwest Cook, northeast DuPage and northeast Kane counties.