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Breen: 'We can turn this state around starting at the ballot box'


By Glenn Minnis | Mar 17, 2020

Peter Breen

Peter Breen (R-Lombard) can feel the momentum building in his 48th District run against incumbent state Rep. Terra Costa-Howard (D-Glen Ellyn).

“I have felt more energy from residents of the district than I ever have,” Breen, who is running unopposed in today’s GOP primary, told the DuPage Policy Journal. “There are more people wanting to help than ever. They just want to do all they can to make this state a better place to raise a family, build a business and get ahead.”

Running unopposed in the GOP primary, Breen doesn’t see that spirit changing between now and November’s general election.

“I tell them our time is coming and we can turn this state around starting at the ballot box,” he said. “The Democratic plan is to demoralize and sow despair among regular people and in the hearts and minds of those who follow Illinois politics. We have to stand together to counter that.”

Breen, who previously served as state representative of the 48th District for four years and Republican Party floor leader for two, is confident that residents can have the change so many of them tell him they crave provided they are committed to doing what he thinks needs to be done.  

“We have big challenges, but they’re attainable if we can bring about new leadership in Springfield and strong policy change,” he said. “People who want real chance have to maintain hope and keep neighbors and all those around them informed about what’s happening.”

In the end, Breen said he sees the 48th District as a snapshot of what people want and what they’re willing to do to get it.

“My district is a bellwether suburban district, and so many people reaching out to help tells you that they really want change for the community,” he said. “I know that people across the state want the same thing. There are a variety of reasons why people are so energized, with one of them being the desire to take back their power and clean up this mess the Democrats have made for all of us.”

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