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Newman considers primary rematch against Lipinski in 2020

Marie Newman is considering another primary run against U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Western Springs, in 2020 to represent Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District.

In an email to supporters Thursday with the subject line “The rumors are true,” Newman confirmed that she is actively exploring another run for Congress. The 3rd District includes all or parts of Crest Hill, Homer Glen, Lemont, Lockport and Romeoville.

“But this time around, there’s no coming up 2 percent short,” read the email. “If I throw my hat in the ring, it’s because I know we can win.”

Newman’s email added that she is in the final stages of preparing to run and said she’s asking supporters to help her raise money against the longtime congressmen.

Despite coming up short in 2018, the LaGrange marketing consultant and self-described progressive earned multiple endorsements and grassroots support in challenging one of the most conservative Democrats in the House of Representatives. Progressives such as former Illinois gubernatorial candidate and Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar and Sen. Bernie Sanders backed Newman’s campaign. Sanders won the district in the 2016 presidential Democratic primary against Hillary Clinton by nine points. Progressive groups such as MoveOn and the Human Rights Campaign also endorsed Newman.

In the Will County precincts, Newman won 58.71 percent of the vote to Lipinski’s 41.29 percent. She also got more votes in Will County than the Republican candidate on the ballot in the primary, Arthur Jones, a Holocaust denier who ran unopposed. Lipinski went on to defeat Jones by a wide margin, as he’s done with other Republican challengers in an overwhelmingly blue district that extends to the Southwest Side of Chicago. The Republican Party both statewide and in Will County repudiated Jones and his anti-Semitic views, virtually ensuring Lipinski’s continued dominance in retaining his seat.

Lipinski has been in office since he took over from his father, Bill Lipinski, in 2005. He did not have a primary challenger in 2014 or 2016.

Newman said in her first election that she felt Lipinski didn’t represent the views of the district and that he was too conservative on a number of issues, such as abortion rights.

“The truth is Dan Lipinski hasn’t changed since last year’s election,” Newman wrote. “He’s still [Donald] Trump’s favorite Democrat and still frequently votes against our district’s needs.”

“Our district needs a representative who will fight income inequality, develop an economy that works for everyone, create good-paying jobs through critically needed infrastructure projects and the Green New Deal, and take bold steps like guaranteeing health care for all,” she wrote.

Newman, a lifelong resident of the district, has made combating bullying in schools a big part of her professional life. Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn appointed her to a task force to come up with best practices to reduce bullying, and she built a national nonprofit network dedicated to solving bullying issues.

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