It’s round three for voters in Illinois 10th Congressional District. Democrat Brad Schneider is running to get his seat back from Republican Bob Dold, who beat him four years ago.
Neither candidate has pulled off big victories, and it’s expected to be another tight election this year.
After Schneider conceded the election to Dold two years ago, he wouldn’t say if he’d try to get the seat back. At the time it was one of the most expensive congressional races in the country in one of the most split districts in Illinois.
“I didn’t lose last time because of the issues. I lost because I didn’t get people to the polls,” Schneider says.
In 2012 he won with just 1 percent of the vote. He lost by 2 percent in 2014.
At 55 years old, Schneider is a married father of two boys, and he lives in Deerfield, IL. He graduated from Northwestern University, and later worked as a management consultant and industrial engineer.
He has sat on a number of local boards since he lost, but primarily he has campaigned to get his seat back from Dold. He even got the president to cut an ad for him.
“The first thing I want to do is pass immigration,” he says.
Schneider also wants to get back to Congress to fight for tougher gun control measures.
Both Schneider and Dold, who is known as a moderate Republican, aren’t your typical down-the-line politicians. Both have worked with the other party to try and get things done.
“I’ll work with anyone with an open mind to bring ideas to the table, and a willingness to work together to solve our problems,” Schneider says.
Schneider is counting on the presidential election to get people to the polls; that’s how he won the first time around. Dold is hoping his anti-Trump message will keep his constituents from voting Democrat on the down-ballot races.
Either way, it’s going to be a tight race.