D'Amico opponent in state House race sees voters primed for change
Amanda Biela has a message for Chicago voters: New options are out there.
“I'm knocking on every door,” Biela told Chicago City Wire of her campaign against state Rep. John D’Amico (D-Chicago). “This cuts across party lines.”
A political newcomer, Biela said Illinois voters don't need to feel beholden to an entrenched political system that doesn't serve their interests. Biela is a former Chicago Public Schools teacher and University of Chicago graduate who describes herself as having no ties to “rich and connected political families” and wanting to truly serve the will of the people.
She contrasts this against D'Amico, who has been in office since 2004.
“People recognize that D’Amico is not serving his constituents,” Biela said. “They're not tied to the political machine; they're not getting anything out of it.”
As for issues that resonate in the neighborhood she canvasses, Biela said tax reform is a priority.
“Property taxes are a big one,” she said, describing how residents say they're paying too much to live in their homes.
Income taxes, she said, also concern many residents.
“The problem is there's no reform,” Biela said, again pointing to the establishment as a potential obstacle to reform. "We’ve had the same people in office for generations. People want choice; they want elections based on real issues. That's why I'm running.”
As for the groundswell of political activity that Biela has seen in local neighborhoods, she said getting information to voters is important.
“The pump needs to be primed,” Biela said.
Biela isn't the only new candidate in Chicago. Ammie Kessem is vying for the 19th House District seat held by Rep. Robert Martwick (D-Chicago).
Kessem told Chicago City Wire that her volunteers are seeing a lot of interest in local neighborhoods.