Hurley faces Hebein in 35th District race

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Editor’s note: Candidates in the upcoming general election were provided a questionnaire regarding various issues. Their remarks come from the questionnaire.

Two familiar faces are vying to serve as the state representative of the 35th District.

Incumbent Fran Hurley, a Democrat from Mt. Greenwood, is again opposed by Republican Herb Hebein, a retired Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer from Mt. Greenwood.

As Hurley runs for a sixth term in the general election on Nov. 8, she said her highest priorities locally are public safety, supporting small businesses and re-investing in the neighborhood.

“I will fight to get our communities what we deserve,” Hurley said. “I will fight to improve public safety, support our small businesses, invest in our communities, and ensure access to quality schools with increased access to vocational programs while fighting against attempts to raise taxes even further.”

Hebein did not return the questionnaire sent by The Beverly Review.

He ran against Hurley in 2018 and 2020, earning over 30 percent of the vote both times.

According to his campaign website, Hebein is committed to lowering taxes, protecting First Amendment and Second Amendment rights, protecting the lives of the unborn, and supporting small businesses.

He supports “stopping the indoctrination of our children” and wants no more mandates.

Hurley has served as a state representative since 2013, previously working for then-19th Ward Ald. Ginger Rugai.

After the 2020 U.S. Census, the boundaries of the 35th District will change slightly but still include a large portion of Beverly, Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood; a part of North Beverly, north of 91st Street, is now part of the 31st District.

Hurley was among the state representatives who voted against the SAFE-T Act, a bill aimed at criminal-justice reform. The legislation, which was signed into law, eliminates cash bail beginning in January 2023 and requires all police departments in the state to have body cameras by 2025.

The new legislation has been widely debated by both politicians and the public, with legislators discussing changes.

Hurley noted that two “clean-up bills” have been made in regard to the act, and she expects more concerns to be addressed when the General Assembly convenes again.

“I regularly meet with elected officials, twice a month, to work on addressing these issues,” Hurley said. “These meetings have generated results.”

Regarding police-community relations, Hurley said she has “worked closely” with law enforcement throughout her political career. She supports the police, noting she has relatives who served.

“We owe them a debt of gratitude because they are the ones who work to keep our community safe,” Hurley said. “I also want to express my gratitude to the families of those who serve. I know just a little bit of what it means to have a family member who serves; my stepfather and uncle served as police officers.”

The CPD is experiencing a staffing shortage, and Hurley said she “will work to provide our officers with the support and tools necessary, both on the job and off.” She also noted that she led legislation that would guarantee CPD members receive one day off per work week.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade took away a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion, and Hurley said she is pro-choice.

She supports women making such decisions in consultation with their doctors and family.

“Abortion is a very personal subject, and I believe we need full conversations between a woman and their health care providers,” Hurley said. “I fully support a woman’s right to make her own decisions on her own reproductive health care.”

Hurley grew up in Beverly and has lived in Mt. Greenwood for 36 years.

She said working for the alderman’s office was “rewarding,” and when the opportunity arose to run for state representative a decade ago, she decided to pursue it.

“I felt that if I was elected, I could continue to better the lives of our family and friends throughout our community,” Hurley said. “I won my first race and have enjoyed working on behalf of our community every day since.”

Early voting is underway.

Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., is the 19th Ward’s early-voting site.

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November 1, 2022 at 10:42AM

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