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Congressional primary endorsements

6th District

Rep. Peter Roskam got off relatively easy in the redistricting mess. He’s the only incumbent living in the solidly Republican 6th District. He has also risen quickly in influence. That didn’t dampen the field in the Democratic primary, where three very smart, very liberal candidates are vying for the chance to take on Roskam in November.

Geoffrey Petzel of Lake Zurich has been an activist since age 14, when he began a years-long campaign to stop the township board from allowing a wooded area near his home to become a housing development. He won. His keen interest in health care reform has a personal side: Last year, at 28, he nearly died of a heart attack because he had no health insurance and was embarrassed to go to the emergency room.

Maureen Yates, 76, is an indefatigable campaigner who worked for former U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean. Her Tribune candidate survey is a delight to read. On tax policy: “Close all the loopholes extant and wait for the next round of crooked ideas.” On Iran: “I do not trust Ahmadinejad one bit.”

The endorsement goes to Leslie Coolidge, 52, of Barrington Hills, a certified public accountant who spent 28 years with a Fortune 500 firm. We like her analytical approach to fiscal matters and her willingness to fine-tune ideas — increasing the cap on earnings subject to Social Security taxes, for example, or raising the retirement age — based on the actual numbers.

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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