Democrat Kelly Mazeski, running in Illinois’s 6th Congressional District, outraised all of her primary opponents for the second quarter in a row and has twice as much cash on hand as her nearest competitor. Out of the top four candidates based on fundraising, Kelly is the only female candidate that lives in the district and has 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 next 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, and there is no path to the majority without 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.
Now, Kelly has outraised her opponents again with the Chicago Tribune stating “Kelly Mazeski of Barrington Hills is leading the crowded field of Democrats in fundraising.” She has more cash-on-hand (COH) than her top three opponents combined. Kelly is running a lean campaign to get her message out to voters while limiting wasteful spending. With early voting beginning on February 8th and the primary on March 20th, Kelly’s COH advantage and low burn rate means she has the resources necessary to get her message out and win the primary.
Here’s how the primary field is shaping up for fundraising, according to reports filed at the Federal Election Commission:
Raised COH Burn Rate
Kelly’s fundraising numbers underscore her grassroots appeal and strength. She has received over 1,100 contributions with 82% of individuals donating $250 or less and 83% of her contributions coming from Illinois residents. Kelly’s fundraising numbers highlight her strength to run a sustainable grassroots fundraising effort.
During the past 5 months, Kelly’s campaign has built a grassroots movement with a volunteer team that has completed more than 500 volunteer hours, collected petition signatures in all 5 counties and 16 of the 19 townships, and knocked on doors in 3 of 5 counties. Additionally, Kelly has received endorsements from 6 local leaders (and counting) and will release an “Environmentalists for Kelly” letter later this week boasting 18 environmental leaders in Illinois who support her candidacy for Congress. 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.
Kelly made a national splash when she announced a run for Congress against Peter Roskam on the very day he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a vote that would ultimately 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 two years ago from breast cancer treatment makes her a strong, fearless advocate for the people of her district and Americans facing uncertainty about the future of the healthcare system. She has great empathy for the struggles others go through, realizing that anyone’s life and financial situation can change in an instant.
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 has our best interests in mind, rather than be a rubber stamp for Donald Trump’s dangerous agenda.
Kelly has served eighteen years in local government in the positions of Village Trustee for North Barrington, Vice-Chairwoman and Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for North Barrington and currently as a Plan Commissioner for Barrington Hills. She enjoys meeting with her neighbors and finding out what issues are important to them so she can work in their best interest when voting on local matters.
She 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. Mazeski currently serves on the board of the Illinois Environmental Council after being elected in 2014.
Kelly understands the challenges facing hardworking families in this district and will fight every day to represent her constituents. She will continue to make the case for her candidacy and prove her strength by continuing her strong fundraising numbers and building on her existing grassroots campaign.