The campaign for suburban Chicago’s 10th congressional district is drawing national attention. Both Republican and Democratic strategists are spending millions to hold this coveted seat because the race could go either way.
The 10th District is a political melting pot. There are many Democrats along the North Shore to the Wisconsin state line with pockets of Republicans further west in places like Ingleside and Fox Lake. And further South you’ll find the ticket-splitters in Buffalo Grove and Prospect Heights.
Republican incumbent Robert Dold defeated his Democratic opponent Brad Schneider in 2014, two years after Schneider unseated him.
The adversaries are facing off again this election day.
“We need to have immigration reform. It’s a humanitarian issue,” Dold says. “It’s a national security issue and it’s an economic issue.”
The diverse racial and religious mix of the district, with its sizeable Hispanic population, is part of the reason Dold was among the first Republicans to denounce Donald Trump.
At a recent Fox Lake senior fair, Dold, a pro-choice Republican, delivers the message and a promise to put people before party.
That centrist approach is why he won’t join GOP colleagues in deriding Obama Care. Dold points to aspects of the Affordable Care Act many agree with like “no coverage denials” for pre-existing conditions and allowing parents to keep college grads on their health plan.
“Those are some of the positives. But there are some negatives,” Dold says. “We see premiums going sky high. Deductibles that are going through the roof.”
Dold says the fix will take bi-partisan effort, like his successful push for “Lali’s Law,” part of the 2016 Addiction & Recovery Act that boosts access to life-saving heroin and prescription drug antidotes.
Dold is a 47-year-old small businessman and he says he’ll continue supporting job training and subsidized employment programs to help people get off welfare.
Dold supports comprehensive background checks to keep guns away from criminals, domestic abusers and known or suspected terrorists.
Dold’s reputation for compromise is part of the reason why he’s endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, the Sun Times and Daily Herald.