John Cabello, David Vella to run for election in re-drawn Illinois districts

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MACHESNEY PARK — Former state Rep. John Cabello is planning to run for election of the newly redrawn 89th District.

After serving four terms, the Machesney Park Republican and Rockford police detective was defeated by 239 votes in the November election by Democrat David Vella for the Illinois 68th House District. 

"The district was literally drawn and voted upon in the Illinois legislature within two weeks," Cabello said in a news release. "The freshly drawn 89th District contains my home and much of the former 68th District that I represented for nearly a decade."

Cabello said that if re-elected he would oppose Democratic policies he says weaken law enforcement, raise taxes and pursue a "social issue agenda that alienates many Illinois citizens."

More:After recount, Cabello will not pursue election challenge

Although he has not formally announced his candidacy, Vella said that he plans to seek re-election in the revamped 68th District which includes most of Rockford’s east side, a portion of Cherry Valley and stretches east to include Belvidere.

Vella campaigned on a platform that included calls for fiscal responsibility, new approaches to fighting domestic violence, problem-solving courts and support for infrastructure investment.

More:Illinois Democrats say court remap reflects population shifts, GOP calls it power grab

Jeff Kolkey: jkolkey@rrstar.com; @jeffkolkey

via Rockford Register Star

June 1, 2021 at 05:45PM

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