Dan McConchie Launches State Representative Race Before Large Crowd

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Dan McConchie held a campaign launch rally for his race to become the next state representative of the 51st district Saturday afternoon before an estimated crowd of 200 people. It was held at the home of former Congressman Joe Walsh who is a constituent of the district and has already publicly endorsed McConchie along with the area’s senator, Dan Duffy.

Many of the attendees took petition packets vowing to help get McConchie on the ballot.

During his speech, Dan McConchie told the crowd of his background, including his legislative work in states across the country, how he joined the Army National Guard on his 17th birthday in order to serve his country, and how he started two businesses before he graduated college.

McConchie said was inspired to run because he recognized that his unique problem-solving skill set would be valuable in helping solve the current Springfield dysfunction and wanted to ensure his kids didn’t inherit the fiscal mess currently facing the state.

“I am not a career politician,” McConchie said to resounding applause. “I won’t simply be a vote in the right column. I will be an advocate for our shared principles…the principles that made our country strong.”

McConchie said that the state’s fiscal crisis was his top priority. “We must fix our pension crisis and balance our budget. It is immoral for us to borrow from our children’s future and saddle them with a debt because we spent all the money on ourselves.”

Petition signature collection begins on September 1.

Illinois’ 51st district is in the northwest Chicago suburbs and includes Barrington, Deer Park, Green Oaks, Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Long Grove, Mundelein and Vernon Hills.