Endorsement: McLaughlin for Illinois House Dist. 52 representative
Republican Martin McLaughlin brought eight successful years of experience as Barrington Hills village president when he entered the Illinois House in 2021. Now, he's seeking a second term in the newly drawn House Dist. 52 and his thoughtful, measured approach to state government makes him the right person for the job.
Dist. 52 stretches from near South Barrington north toward Ivanhoe and Volo with a slight westward dip into McHenry County.
With a background in investment management, McLaughlin is particularly well suited to help address the financial issues facing the state, and his tenure at the helm in Barrington Hills was marked by his success at providing needed services while keeping taxes low. He favors the traditional limited-government positions of his party, yet -- on issues including education, crime, government spending and more -- he remains thoughtful and independent in working out the details of legislation and examining problems facing the state.
McLaughlin is challenged by Mary Morgan, of Island Lake. She is a curriculum assistant for Wauconda Community Unit School Dist. 118 who espouses largely traditional Democratic values on matters such as women's rights, government spending and crime but has no prior elected experience nor other government experience at either the local or state level.
She is an earnest candidate with the best interest of the district and the state at heart, but cannot match McLaughlin's leadership background and maturity of judgment. McLaughlin is endorsed.