Illinois 8th Congressional District Race: 2022 Primary Election

ILLINOIS — Since 2017, Raja Krishnamoorthi has represented Illinois’ 8th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. In Tuesday’s primary election, the Democrat will seek the party’s nomination for a fourth term in Washington DC. The Congressional seat, which will be contested in the November general election, carries a two-year term.

The Congressional District covers parts of Cook County, DuPage County, and Kane County. All or part of Addison, Barrington Hills, Bloomingdale’s, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, East Dundee, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Glendale Heights, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Lombard, Palatine, Roselle, Schaumburg, South Elgin, Streamwood, Villa Park and Wood Dale are included.


Krishnamoorthi, 48, who emigrated with his family to the United States from India, did not answer Patch’s candidate questionnaire. He currently sits on the House Oversight Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Krishnamoorthi, of Schaumburg, is also chairman of the economic and consumer policy oversight subcommittee and serves as deputy whip.

In the 2020 election, he told Patch he supports policy platforms focused on growing and strengthening the middle class by supporting small businesses, rebuilding infrastructure, and protecting social security and the economy. Health Insurance. Krishnamoorthi also said he fought to make college more affordable, expand access to paid sick and parental leave and ensure equal pay for equal work.

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Challenging Krishnamoorthi on the Democratic ticket is Junaid Ahmed, 45, small business owner for 15 years. Ahmed, from South Barrington, said in his Patch quiz, “I’m running to fix DC so it works for us. I’ve spent years as a community organizer creating energy in my hometown. This experience has made me realize, however, that to really get things done on a larger scale, we need political leaders who are willing to stand up against special interests and other bad actors who have stalled progress in DC “

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A group of five candidates are seeking the green light from Republicans in Tuesday’s primary, while Mohammed Faheem is running as an independent in November.

Chris Dargis, 51, of Palatine, is a businessman and retired naval officer and nuclear engineer. He said in his Patch Questionnaire, “I seek the honor of serving the people of Illinois’ 8th Congressional District because I recognize that the past few years have been difficult for families in Illinois. Inflation and high gas prices are eating away at budgets, hurting our elderly and placing a heavy burden on those who are already struggling to make ends meet.”

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Karen Kolodziej, 58, from Itasca, is a caregiver. She said in her Patch questionnaire: “I am running for office to reclaim our country from the crazies…The most pressing problem facing my constituents is inflation. I intend to remove restrictions on oil companies and let them produce oil.”

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Chad Koppie, 84, of Gilberts, has been a farmer for 40 years and a retired jet pilot for 20. He has been a member of the Kane County Schools Regional Council since 2007. Koppie said in his Patch Questionnaire, “My most important goal is to try to ban abortion. I also want to cut spending on all agencies federal government and all government departments. Since the federal government would need less money, the same bill would reduce tax rates.”

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Philip Owen Wood, 59, of Carol Stream, is a pastor and licensed mental health counselor. He said in his Patch questionnaire: “I was so disgusted after the last election that I immediately sought out a viable pro-life candidate to support. When none showed up, I felt compelled to enter myself. -even in the race to be a voice for the voiceless.”

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republican candidate Pierre Kopsaftis did not complete a Patch questionnaire. According to his campaign website, Kopsaftis founded his first company in 1985, engaging in property acquisitions and managing the development of commercial and industrial properties. In 2000, he founded a second financing company for commercial real estate projects. He serves on the board of the Greek American Rehabilitation and Care Center in Wheeling. He is currently a member of the Barrington Township Republican Committee/Chairman and has assisted many local elected officials in their campaigns for public office.