Pondering children's future prompts Khouri’s congressional run
Contemplating her children's future propelled Tonia Khouri, the Republican nominee for Illinois’ 11th District congressional race, to have her name placed on the ballot.
In a special message to mothers posted on her campaign website on May 6, Khouri answered the question mothers often ask her about why she chose to run for public office.
“We have three children ranging from a sophomore in college, to a high schooler, to a middle schooler,” Khouri said. “And when I start thinking about their future and the future of our country and the direction it’s going, I needed to do something about it.”
When people ask her why she is running for Congress, Khouri said the answer is simple: “What are the good people of this country supposed to do, throw our hands up? Give up? We can’t,” she said.
Khouri said she is standing up and taking action and asked other mothers to join her.
Khouri defeated rivals Nick Stella and Herman White to clinch the Republican primary in March, and will face incumbent Bill Foster in the November general election.
Her three major areas of focus are the quality of education, the safety of communities, and the opportunity for work and job growth within the 11th district.
“Happy Mother’s Day to the women who have one of the most important jobs in our society: raising our future generation,” Khouri wrote on her website.
Khouri and her husband, Joe, own a home services company called Green T, which serves more than 22,000 customers in the Chicagoland area.
She serves as the chairman of economic development on the DuPage County Board and resides in Aurora, Illinois with her family.
The 11th District covers parts of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall and Will counties, including Aurora, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge and Joliet.