Naperville councilman ponders run for Foster's U.S. House seat
Kevin Coyne thinks the Illinois 11th Congressional District can use more of what he’s been able to offer constituents during his time as a Naperville councilman than what U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) has provided since his election in 2012.
“I’m giving it strong consideration and will probably have a formal decision in the next two weeks,” Coyne, who was re-elected to the council in April, told the DuPage Policy Journal. “I think I’ve proven to be an aggressive elected official who’s been able to get things done.”
If he runs, Coyne said it will be on a platform of replacing Obamacare, downsizing government and bringing back jobs in abundance.
“I think the (Donald) Trump election shows that the public is looking for a new and different kind of candidate,” Coyne said. “I think I would offer that; I think I have demonstrated my commitment to that.”
As a councilman, Coyne said some of his proudest accomplishments have included pushing ballot initiatives that have eliminated entire offices of government and enacted rule changes that have restricted benefits for part-time elected officials.
“It’s our obligation to be concerned about the use of taxpayer money,” Coyne said. “That’s what we’re elected for.”
A native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Coyne has spent the last 15 years in Naperville practicing law and has also served on not-for-profit boards such as the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce, Naperville Jaycees and the Exchange Club of Naperville.
Before winning his council seat, he served on the local Fair Housing Advisory and the Planning and Zoning commissions.
Coyne said he is a fiscal conservative who thinks his combination of business and civic experience makes him a unique and dynamic fit for elected office, particularly for the Naperville area.