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Bludorn Files To Run As Republican

We’ve mentioned this race once or twice in the past, but here’s a quick update on Scott Bludorn’s GOP campaign for state house, from the Chicago Tribune:

The last time state Rep. Sidney Mathias and Scott Bludorn were pitted against each other in an election, Bludorn was a Libertarian and accused his opponent of being a “Republican in name only.”

That was in 2004, but on Monday, Bludorn filed as a Republican candidate to challenge Mathias for the northwest suburban 53rd District House seat in the March 21 primary.

After resigning as Cook County Libertarian Party chairman in January, Bludorn said he felt it was “time for me to offer my support and energy to help reform” the Illinois Republican Party. He said the GOP was “at a crossroads and poised to elect ethical leadership.”

An aggressive campaign by Bludorn could make the 53rd District race one of the more combative legislative contests in the area. The district includes Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Wheeling, Prospect Heights and Mt. Prospect.

The candidate filings Monday also signaled at least three other contested primary races for state representative, in the 56th, 55th and 52nd Districts.

Bludorn of Buffalo Grove is expected to contrast his conservative philosophy with that of Mathias, a more moderate four-term incumbent and former Buffalo Grove mayor.

In the last election, Mathias stressed such issues as limiting property assessment increases to 7 percent per year, helping obtain funding for a second track on Metra’s North Central Line and pushing for extension of Illinois Highway 53 into Lake County.

Michael MacDonald of Buffalo Grove filed as a Democratic candidate.

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