To the Editor:
When U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren makes one of his rare public appearances in the 14th Congressional District, he generally makes his case for re-election by stating how I should feel so much better now because of full employment and the huge tax cut that he supports.
In fact, I don't feel better since he was last elected. In a time of rampant misogyny and a growing #MeToo movement, my representative voted against the Violence Against Women's Act. In a time when our air and water quality is a growing concern for us and our children, the guy who is supposed to look out for my welfare in Congress sponsored a bill to allow pesticide runoff into lakes and streams, and voted to bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. When racist slurs emanate from the highest quarters of government, my voice in government is silent.
On the other hand, Lauren Underwood has a chance of making things better. As a health professional, she understands the intricacies of science and health care. As a young minority woman, she can emphasize with the plight of hardworking residents in our district. As a registered Republican, I will feel good about casting my vote for Underwood knowing that the 14th District will be well-represented in Washington.