Frustrated over GOP 'flip-flopping,' DuPage candidate looks to Ives
DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri can't wait for the 2018 primaries.
“I’m glad that Republican primary voters will have a choice on March 20,” Khouri told the DuPage Policy Journal.
The 49th District candidate seeking to replace retiring Rep. Mike Fortner (R-West Chicago) said she sees some dynamic changes in store.
“Right now, many people feel betrayed and lied to by flip-flop Republicans,” Khouri said. “We were betrayed by the 15 ‘surrender Republicans’ who voted for the 32 percent income tax hike without any reforms, and more recently when Gov. Rauner signed HB40, that allows for public funding of abortions even though our state is practically bankrupt.”
Khouri, a wife and mother, said people work hard to elect Republicans and want the people they vote for to represent them.
“We want to trust that elected representatives will go to Springfield with the courage and backbone to uphold Republican principles of smaller government, lower taxes, individual responsibility and personal property rights,” Khouri said. “That’s why I’m running for state representative. I’m tired of flip-flop Republicans and political insiders hurting our families and bankrupting our state. It’s time to represent the people’s interests.”
Although Rep. Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) has not officially declared for the gubernatorial primary race against Gov. Bruce Rauner, Khouri is excited by the possibility.
“Jeanne Ives is very policy-focused and knows what is needed to put Illinois on the right track: significant governmental reforms, property tax relief and accountability in Springfield.”
Khouri said decades of Democratic overspending policies coupled with a lack of pro-growth initiatives have put Illinois in a fiscal mess.
“We need to instill Republican principles of smaller government and lower taxes to help Illinois taxpayers,” Khouri said. “I trust Jeanne will uphold Republican principles and not flip-flop when under pressure.”
The 49th District includes parts of Cook and DuPage counties.