Three Democrats want to challenge Morrison for state House seat

  • Maggie Trevor

    Maggie Trevor

  • Ryan Huffman

    Ryan Huffman

  • Tom Morrison

    Tom Morrison

Updated 10/2/2019 8:04 PM

At least three Democrats want to challenge Republican state Rep. Tom Morrison of Palatine in the general election that's a little more than a year away.

Maggie Trevor of Rolling Meadows, who narrowly lost to Morrison in 2018, will face Ryan Huffman of Palatine and Syed Hussain of Rolling Meadows in the March 2020 Democratic primary for the 54th state House District, pending their collection of enough signatures to get on the ballot.


Huffman, a senior data analyst at a Chicago digital advertising company, threw his hat into the ring in a formal campaign announcement Wednesday, touting a progressive agenda of investing in clean energy, increasing funding for public education and strengthening unions. Last year, he was part of a seven-way Democratic primary in the 6th U.S. Congressional District that was won by Sean Casten of Downers Grove.

Hussain, a records coordinator at a Chicago law firm, announced his intentions to run in August, arguing that a political, social and economic "equilibrium" is needed in Illinois, according to his Facebook post.

Trevor, who runs her own market research and business consulting firm, officially declared her candidacy in August, saying she remains committed to defeating Morrison, who beat her by only 43 votes in November 2018.

It was the closest race yet for Morrison, a fiscal and social conservative first elected in 2010 after defeating 12-year incumbent Suzanne Bassi in the GOP primary.

The 54th District includes portions of Arlington Heights, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and South Barrington.

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