Bernas, Mussman running again in 56th District
Yet another rematch of a 2016 Illinois state House election is taking shape for 2018 with Friday's announcement that Republican Jillian Rose Bernas and Democratic incumbent Michelle Mussman will again seek the nominations of their respective parties for the 56th District.
On Thursday, Republican Katy Dolan Baumer of Streamwood announced she would again seek to challenge Democratic incumbent Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates in the 44th District.
Both Bernas, who is a Schaumburg Township District Library trustee, and Mussman, who is seeking a fifth term in Springfield, are Schaumburg residents.
Bernas said her experience from last year's campaign and the way it strengthened her connection to the community are all that's changed in a troubled political climate.
"That's exactly why I'm running -- because nothing's changed," Bernas said. "I'm definitely bringing independent leadership."
She added that she thought her first campaign was a success despite its outcome in that it forged a connection with her neighbors and others that will provide momentum going into 2018.
Mussman said she's seeking re-election as part of an ongoing effort to steer the state to more stable waters.
"There's plenty of work to be done at the state level," Mussman said. "I think there's already a bit of an upheaval with many of my seasoned colleagues moving on."
No potential opponents in either candidate's party primary bid in March has yet come forward. The general election is in November 2018.
The 56th District includes Schaumburg and portions of Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Roselle.