One of the most hotly contested congressional races in the country is the 10th district of Illinois.
Republican Bob Dold is trying to win back the seat that he held for one term before losing to the now incumbent Brad Schneider.
Dold has run a small pest control business for years and his wife Danielle are the proud parents of three children – Harper, Bobby and Honor.
Dold has BA from Denison University. His educational credentials also include a law degree from Indiana University, where he was selected by his classmates to give the commencement address. He also has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
In a race that is too close to call, Dold is very much campaigning as a moderate who can work with Democrats and willing to buck his parties leaders if need be.
“I was ranked the number one independent office holder,” he says. “I think that's what people want.”
Dold recently picked up the endorsement of the Chicago Tribune.
Dold lost by fewer than 3,400 votes two years ago. The Illinois 10th, long associated with the North Shore, was redrawn by the Democratic-controlled state legislature to now include working class areas farther north and west.
Dold is using Senator Mark Kirk, who held the 10th district seat before as a big selling point for his campaign and says his poll numbers show the voters of the 10th are ready for his return.
The election is Nov 4.