In the first primary race of 2010, David Ratowitz carried the cause of liberty to victory in the GOP primary for the 5th Congressional District of Illinois. Ratowitz was the only candidate for federal office officially endorsed by the RLC in Illinois and won his race by a solid margin over two opponents.
In November Ratowitz stands a good chance of beating big government Democrat incumbent Mike Quigley in a district which is mostly middle class Chicago suburbs and leans Democrat, but was held by a Republican during the mid 1990s.
Ratowitz commented after the final results were announced, as he and supporters celebrated at Wise Fools Pub in Chicago:
“My campaign was consistent, informed and relentless in its delivery of a limited government and free market message to the people of Congressional District 5. Ultimately, the voters – both in the city and the suburbs – roundly accepted that message as their own.
“I stand with the independent businesses and working families of the 5th Congressional District who are insisting, in no uncertain terms, on a far less intrusive federal government and increased fiscal responsibility at all levels. This victory is a decisive win for liberty, the first of many that will propel our campaign to success in November.
“I thank my family, supporters, staff and, most assuredly, my fellow citizens of Illinois District 5.”
The RLC looks forward to supporting Ratowitz through the general election and in bringing the liberty message to Washington DC after he wins in November.