Congressman Randy Hultgren has endorsed Karen McConnaughay, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the 33rd State Senate District race.
The endorsement was announced Tuesday in St. Charles. The 33rd district includes northeastern Kane and southeastern McHenry Counties.
“Running a county is no easy task,” said Hultgren of the 14th District in a news release about the endorsement. “(McConnauhgay) has shown remarkable ability to lead and get the job done here in Kane County. More importantly, her skills will have a very positive impact in Springfield.”
McConnaughay's opponent in the contest is Gilberts businessman Cliff Surges. The Daily Herald reported on Feb. 15 that Surges received the endorsement from members of a St. Charles Township-based organization that had backed McConnaughay about 20 years ago when she first entered politics.
McConnaughay called the endorsement by Stop Taking Our Property irrevalant.
On Tuesday, both McConnaughay's message focused on easing taxes and regulations for small businesses. The endorsement announcement was held a St. Charles-based small business.
“The key to job creation is allowing entrepreneurs more freedom and flexibility to grow their businesses,” said McConnaughay, according to the news release. “In Illinois, our tax structure hits small businesses especially hard because we have raised corporate taxes and then turned around and given handouts to large companies with clout, leaving the tax burden on the shoulders of small firms.”
The small business, a UPS Store franchise that employs four people, is owned by Mike Kenyon.
“I don’t have the ability to hire lobbyists and threaten the governor that I’m going to leave Illinois,” said Kenyon “I’m stuck paying whatever tax rate they force on me. It just makes it harder and harder to grow my business and create new jobs.”
Correction: An earlier version of the story misidentified the owner of the UPS store.