George Weber of Lakewood has declared his candidacy for the 14th Congressional District seat in the 2018 election. He is running as a Democrat with the goal of unseating Randy Hultgren.
The recently retired chemical engineer is married and has three grown children, according to a news release.
“My motivation to run for the House seat in the 14th Congressional District of Illinois, where my family has lived since 2008, is that I do not want our children and their generation to grow up in a world where there is no middle class, where the government is broke and where the environment of the planet is being destroyed,” he said in the release. “I feel I have been very fortunate in my life and career and, like many of you, I feel that something needs to be done to change what is going on. We need to return to the principles that made us great for almost 250 years – trust in God, integrity, responsibility, common sense and compassion.”
In announcing his bid for office, he released the this summary of his philosophy and policies.
“The United States is still the greatest country in the world, but the middle class is struggling as it never has in decades. We also face other major problems that are going unresolved. To solve these, we need smart change in which policy decisions are based on facts, integrity and nonextremist thinking to bring fairness and balance back to the system and prosperity back to the middle class.
“For decades, employees and shareholders have benefited evenly from company earnings. This is one of the main reasons why the middle class flourished in the late 20th century. Over the past two decades, that balance has shifted in favor of the shareholders. In order for our society to thrive, everyone needs to share in the benefits from our increasing productivity. At the same time, we need to educate people on the need for individual responsibility, along with the positive aspects and means of achieving a productive and successful life.
“And the problems that this country is facing – access to good jobs; an inferior and expensive health care system; climate change; and a growing federal debt – are easily solvable if we pursue fact-based solutions, which we are not now doing. After all, the most talented workforce in the world is right here in the U.S. to help us accomplish this.”
The 14th Congressional District includes parts of McHenry, Kane, DeKalb, DuPage, Kendall, Lake and Will counties.
For information on Weber, visit GeorgeWeberforCongress.com.