Democrat Kelly Mazeski, running in Illinois’s 6th Congressional District, outraised all of her primary opponents two quarters in a row and hopes to do so again with her most recent fundraising numbers. Kelly raised over $263,000 in the fourth quarter and has over $510,000 cash-on-hand, which will be used to communicate with primary voters in IL-06. Kelly’s campaign has been building momentum with EMILY’s List, the Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association, Feminist Majority PAC, Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and two-dozen environmental and community leaders endorsing her campaign to take out Peter Roskam in November. Out of the top four candidates based on fundraising from Q3, Kelly is the only female candidate that lives in the district and has lived in the Barrington-area for the past 27 years. Kelly’s strong fundraising advantage, organization, deep roots in the community, and message have set the campaign on a clear path to victory to win the Democratic Primary on March 20th and ultimately beat Peter Roskam in November.
Illinois’ 6th Congressional District is a must-win for Democrats in their quest to take back the House. Clinton won the district by 7 points in 2016, the Cook Political Report moved IL-06 from Lean Republican to Tossup noting that “the large Democratic primary is led by [former] financial adviser and former North Barrington Village Trustee Kelly Mazeski,” and Politico named it the top Congressional seat to watch in 2018. There is no path to the majority without Democrats winning this district.
In her first fundraising quarter, Kelly outraised all her opponents combined and had the best initial fundraising quarter by any Roskam challenger ever, including Tammy Duckworth’s first run for Congress against Roskam in 2006. In her second fundraising quarter, Kelly outraised all of her opponents and had more than twice the cash-on-hand as her closest opponent with $342,755.
Now, Kelly hopes to outraise all of her opponents for a third quarter in a row. Kelly raised over $263,000 in Q4 and to date has raised over $680,000 fueled by over 2000 contributions, with 83% of individuals donating $250 or less and 82% of her contributions coming from Illinois residents. Kelly will report over $510,000 cash on hand which will enable the campaign to communicate with primary voters to get Kelly’s message out and win the primary on March 20th. Kelly’s fundraising numbers highlight her strength to run a sustainable grassroots fundraising effort.
Momentum has been growing for Kelly’s campaign over the last 8 months. Kelly has received prominent endorsements from EMILY’s List, the Illinois Democratic County Chairman’s Association, Feminist Majority PAC, and Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Debbie Dingell (MI-12). Congresswomen Frankel and Dingell are co-chairs of the DCCC’s WomenLEAD program. Additionally, nineteen local environmentalists including Wendy Paulson, Jon Carson and Cameron Davis and six community leaders have endorsed Kelly in her quest to replace Peter Roskam in November.
In addition to institutional support, Kelly is building grassroots support throughout IL-06 with a volunteer team that has completed more than 1,000 volunteer hours and 20,000 phone calls in all 5 counties and 19 townships. Kelly submitted 2,610 petition signatures, the most of any of the candidates in the Democratic primary, from residents in all 5 counties and 16 of 19 townships. Our campaign is not only raising the money to win the primary but also building a grassroots campaign that can reach voters across the district.
A broad spectrum of Democrats from all parts of the district need to know that Kelly will fight for them on healthcare and the environment.
Kelly made a national splash when she announced a run for Congress against Peter Roskam on the very day he voted to make Americans pay more and get less for their healthcare. She landed coverage from five Chicago TV stations, and was on the front page of the New York Times for her announcement.
Kelly’s recovery from breast cancer makes her a strong, fearless advocate for the people of her district and Americans facing uncertainty about the future of the healthcare system. As a mother who struggled to maintain her health insurance after her diagnosis, and pay for coverage for her daughter with a pre-existing condition, Kelly believes it’s time to hold our elected leaders accountable for voting to make Americans pay more and get less for their healthcare. Our community needs someone in Washington, like Kelly, who will stand up to Donald Trump’s dangerous healthcare agenda.
Kelly is a scientist who has been an advocate for environmental protection and education for nearly twenty years, volunteering for the Sierra Club and serving as Energy and Environment Outreach Coordinator for the national Obama campaign during 2007 and 2008. Because of her commitment to the environment, Kelly currently serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council. Additionally, nineteen local environmentalists have endorsed Kelly.
Outraged when President Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Kelly vowed to fight the Trump administration’s blatant attacks on the environment and scientific facts.