Maria Rodriguez (50), Long Grove Village President, will announce tomorrow that she will seek the GOP nomination for the 8th Congressional District, which is currently occupied by Democrat Melissa Bean. The announcement will be at 12:30 p.m. near the corner of 45 and Park Street in Mundelein, at the old Abernathy clothing store that has gone out of business.
You can view her first walk piece here.
Rodriguez says that she decided to run for Congress approximately 2 months ago, but she has kept a fairly tight rein on her decision, with only an article in the Daily Herald a short while ago that hinted that she might be considering the race. See here for a short Herald blurb on her expected announcement. Rodriguez says that in the past few months, and particularly this summer, she became disenchanted with the political figures that she saw in office.
"The arrogance and the lack of representation have reached a critical level." she stated. "More importantly though, is the lack of visibility. Our government was founded on the principal of by the people for the people, and those currently in office don’t seem to remember; they are meant to be a voice for those they represent, a focal point of all the philosophies and views of their constituents."
Rodriguez will battle in the GOP primary against Greg Jacobs of Mundelein and John Dawson of Barrington for the nomination.
UPDATED 09.10.09: Here's a Herald article on Maria's announcement today.