Fighting for Change in Congress

By Amanda Howland
Candidate for IL 6th Congressional District

I wanted to give you an update about my campaign for Congress and my thoughts on the importance of this race. But first, I want to thank the many members of the Downers Grove Democrats who helped me win the primary with almost 70% of the vote.

I’m running for Congress because we desperately need change in Washington.   We are burdened with the most partisan and least productive Congress in history and our current Congressman is a big part of the problem.  Congress needs to focus on solutions that ensure that people get the help they need to prosper in our society, feel secure, and have hope for the future.

My highest priority is to advocate for solutions that address those needs while working with my colleagues in Congress to break the gridlock and start producing results that people expect and deserve. I have been a mediator in many situations in my career and would bring those skills to Congress, where they are sorely needed.  To put it simply: I will always listen to my constituents and fight for their interests, not the special interests.

I am very optimistic that we can be successful in our efforts to defeat Tea-Party-endorsed Peter Roskam in November.  A big reason for my optimism is that more than 150 people have already volunteered to help with my general election campaign.  We’re currently in the planning stages for the campaign (and giving people a little break) but will soon be gearing up strongly again to knock doors, make phone calls and throw house parties.  If you haven’t already volunteered, please let me know if you can help, too.