St. Charles resident to challenge Wheeler in 50th State House race
Kate Monteleone, a 17-year Campton Township resident, will challenge 3-term incumbent Keith Wheeler (R-Oswego) in the November election.
A non-profit consultant and executive director with 25-years leadership experience, Monteleone says it's time for real representation for the communities of Kane and Kendall counties included in the 50th House district.
"People I've met are tired of the status quo," she said.
Monteleone was slated to run for the seat by the chairpersons of the Kane and Kendall County Democratic organizations and filed nominating petitions in Springfield on June 1.
Mark Guethle, chairman of Kane County Democrats, said, "Kate Monteleone is strategic and has the judgment and maturity that resonates with Kane County voters."
Monteleone advocates for property tax relief for homeowners, increased State support to public schools, and safe communities. She also wants to ensure the interests of local communities are reflected during redistricting which will occur next year.
"Illinois has its problems. Our infrastructure is crumbling and there are disparities in access to healthcare, education and justice that must be addressed. Moving beyond this moment requires courage, compassion, and understanding the art of compromise. Governance is not a zero-sum game," she said.
Julie Gondar, Chairwoman for Kendall County Democrats said, "Kate stepped up to run under difficult circumstances. The COVID restrictions meant she had to be creative in getting signatures and connecting with voters. And she did that. Her drive and tenacity prove that she has exactly what it takes to win this seat in November and to fight for her constituents in the 50th House District. I can't wait to vote for her!"
Monteleone said, "The community's enthusiastic response for my candidacy has been overwhelming. I am eager to connect with more voters to hear their concerns and ideas for the future of the district and Illinois."