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Candidates for the 6th congressional district will debate online next week

Democratic and Republican candidates vying for Illinois’ 6th congressional district seat will debate issues facing the nation in a pair of online forums next week.

The Republican Forum will be held on Zoom from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Democratic Forum is scheduled for Wednesday from 7-8 p.m., also on Zoom.

Two-term Democrat Sean Casten of Downers Grove is the incumbent and faces two challengers in his party’s June 28 primary – U.S. Representative Marie Newman of La Grange, who now represents the 3rd District, and Chicagoan Charles Mr Hughes.

Six Republicans are vying for the GOP nomination: Niki Conforti of Glen Ellyn, Rob Cruz of Oak Lawn, Gary Grasso of Burr Ridge, Scott Kaspar of Orland Park, Catherine A. O’Shea of ​​Oak Lawn and Keith Pekau from Orlando Park.

The Republican forum should be longer because more candidates are running in this primary.

Registration is required and can be done at Links to forums will be provided after registration.

Candidates will make brief presentations and then answer questions posed by a moderator. You can submit questions by emailing Include “CD 6” in the subject line.


Recordings of the forums will be posted on the Glen Ellyn League of Women Voters website,, and on YouTube.

The newly redesigned 6th Ward includes much of the western and southwestern suburbs of Cook and DuPage counties.

The 6th District Democratic primary is the only congressional race in Illinois to feature two Democratic incumbents.

Newman currently serves the 3rd District, where she lived. But she is running in the 6th after last year’s district remapping placed her in the Hispanic-dense 4th district with Democratic incumbent Jesus “Chuy” Garcia of Chicago.

Congressional representatives do not need to live in the districts they serve. Newman’s house is near the 6th district line.

Across the aisle, two of the candidates — Pekau and Grasso — are mayors of their respective towns, and Cruz is a former Oak Lawn High School District 229 board member who was ousted from this panel after suing the district. and state officials on the mask mandate in schools. None of the other candidates elected experience.

The general election is November 8.