Kinzler overcomes logistical challenges, files to run for Conroy's seat
Despite having to navigate through a divided district, Dr. Jay Kinzler said he managed to garner more than twice the number of signatures needed to run for the 46th House District seat held by incumbent Rep. Deb Conroy (D-Villa Park).
“The district has been gerrymandered so it is part of about 10 towns,” Kinzler told the DuPage Policy Journal, making it more difficult to target the correct voters.
But that didn’t deter him.
“We had over 1,200 signatures. We only needed 500, but we have a lot of support,” the Glen Ellyn Republican said.
Having filed his papers Nov. 27 with the Illinois State Board of Elections, Kinzler said he was looking forward to meeting even more residents throughout his campaign.
“We are happy of all of the support we have received so far for the first part of the mission of getting Illinois back on its feet,” he said. “Now we are going out and do a lot of research and meeting people in the communities to find out the things that are important to them and what we can do to help make their lives better.”
One of the challenges that Kinzler said he wants to take on is taxes.
“I am concerned about my neighbors and family members wanting to leave Illinois because it is too expensive to live here because of the taxes,” he said. “This one-party system has basically failed the Illinois residents. I think people are finally seeing that. It is affecting their day-to-day lives now as far as being able to survive financially.”
Kinzler said that during his campaign he has met many people from different walks of life who are all suffering under the tax burden.
“I meet older people who were still working because they were having a hard time struggling to make ends meet. I meet young people who are having to work two jobs to make ends meet,” he said, adding he felt may residents were ready for a change.
Kinzler is running in District 46, which includes all or part of Glendale Heights, Carol Stream and Villa Park.